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!
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.
Pour the buttermilk into a small bowl, and in a separate shallow bowl, whisk some flour, Progresso™ breadcrumbs and spices until well combined.
Dip the onions into the buttermilk, then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat for a double-dip/double-coat/double-yum situation.
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.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions from the oil to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
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!
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.