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Mini Blooming Onions

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Mini Blooming Onions
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6
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Mini Blooming Onions

Mini deep-fried onions with a creamy, spicy yogurt dip – the perfect party food!

Ingredients

For the onions:

12
to 16 cippolini or small yellow onions
1
cup buttermilk
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1/2
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
teaspoon dried oregano
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2
teaspoon ground mustard
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying

For the dip:

1/4
cup Yoplait® Greek 100 plain yogurt
1
tablespoon horseradish sauce
1 1/2
teaspoons ketchup
1/2
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4
teaspoon smoked paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped fresh chives, for topping (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Slice 1/4 inch off the tip of each onion; peel off skins, leaving onion base intact.
  • 2 Carefully cross-cut onions, twice, nearly to the base (but keeping base intact) so you end up with 8 segments. Use fingers to carefully separate segments into petals.
  • 3 Pour buttermilk into a small bowl. In a separate shallow bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, oregano, salt, paprika, mustard, pepper and cayenne pepper until well mixed.
  • 4 In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat 2 inches of oil to 350° F.
  • 5 Quickly dip onions, one at a time, into buttermilk, then roll in breadcrumb mixture. Dip again in buttermilk and then roll again in breadcrumbs.
  • 6 Drop a few onions at a time into hot oil. Fry 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onions to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • 7 When all onions are fried, make the dip: Combine dip ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Top with chopped fresh chives, if desired. Serve immediately with onions.
Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.
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Step By Step  

You've seen the large blooming onions at happy hour. Now they're perfectly mini for a party!

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

Smaller size, same amazingly addictive snack.

I’m fairly certain that my childhood consisted of just the following foods: pizza, spaghetti, those yogurt cups with sprinkles on top and blooming onions. Every time we went to a restaurant that served the petaled fried onion with creamy dip on the side, we ordered it and I devoured it. It’s a memory that I treasure with much deep-fried nostalgia.

In recent years, however, those blooming onions have been fewer and farther between in my diet. But every once in a while, I get a serious hankering for one. Since I probably shouldn’t just make one giant onion and eat it all myself (or should I…?), I love to make this recipe for Mini Blooming Onions with a creamy, spicy dip on the side. The bite-sized version makes this perfect for sharing the deep-fried goodness with a crowd!

 

Mini Blooming Onions

To start, you’ll want to find cippolini onions at the grocery store. Pearl onions and boiler onions, though also small in size, just don’t separate into petals as well, so don’t waste your time on those.

Cut off just the tip of each onion, then peel the skins. Cross-cut the onions to the base so you have 8 segments, then use your fingers to separate the segments into pretty petals.

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Pour the buttermilk into a small bowl, and in a separate shallow bowl, whisk some flour, Progresso™ breadcrumbs and spices until well combined.

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Dip the onions into the buttermilk, then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for a double-dip/double-coat/double-yum situation.

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Heat a few inches of oil in a small saucepan to 350°F. When the oil is ready, drop a few onions at a time into the hot oil. Let them fry for a few minutes until golden brown.

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions from the oil to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Meanwhile, make the dip: In a small bowl, combine Yoplait™ Greek 100 plain yogurt with some Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, horseradish and more spices. Top the dip with a few chopped fresh chives if you want!

 

Mini Blooming Onions

Serve the onions and dip immediately (which shouldn’t be a problem, really). And if you're like me, get ready to reminisce about your childhood with each deliciously deep-fried, fun-size bite.

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Tips  

Don’t substitute pearl or boiler onions for the recipe: Cippolini onions work best.

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