Healthy Onion Blossom
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1 tbsp cream style horseradish
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp Crystal Louisiana hot sauce
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp dried oregano
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 pinch white pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch cumin
- 1 pinch ground savory
- 1 large yellow onion
- 16 oz tomato paste can
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp paprika
Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill for several
hours or overnight. Uncover and stir occasionally.
Slice the onion by cutting approximately 1/4 off of the stem end. Peel the skin
from the onion, then place the onion on a cutting board with the cut side down.
To slice, use your thumb as a guide by placing it at the root of the onion, then
slice straight down from your thumb to the bottom.
Spin the onion around, and make another cut on the opposite side.
Next, make a slice between each of the first two slices on both sides so now you
have 4 large petals.
Make a slice down the middle of each of the 4 petals, so that you now have 8
For the final slicing, step rotate the onion and make TWO slices between each of
the 8 cuts.
You will now have an onion with 24 total petals, which is exactly the same
number as the machine-sliced real thing.
Turn the onion over and it will have bloomed. If you are having trouble
separating the "petals," submerge the onion in cold water for several minutes to
help it open.
Open both ends of the tomato paste can and empty the contents. This is your
onion coring tool.
When you are ready to make your onion, combine the breading ingredients in a
very large bowl.
Pour the panko bread crumbs into another large bowl. Beat the eggs in a medium
bowl, then add the milk.
Put the onion into the breading and coat it with the breading, being sure to get
the breading down between each petal. Shake off the excess breading, then gently
lower the onion into the egg and milk mixture until it is completely moistened.
Lift the onion out of the liquid and let the excess drip off. Place the onion
back into the breading and thoroughly coat the onion. Let it sit in the breading
for a few minutes so that the breading sticks.
Dip the onion once more into the milk and egg then place it into the bowl of
panko and cover with the breadcrumbs. Let onion sit in the panko as you preheat
your oven to 375˙F.
Place the onion onto a rack on a baking sheet and spray it with the olive oil
spray coating the entire surface. You can spray for a total of 10 seconds, which
adds 2 teaspoons of oil to the onion.
Bake for 45 minutes or until brown and crispy.
Allow the onion to cool for a minute or so after it comes out of the onion and
then place it onto your serving plate.
Press the tomato paste can down into the middle of the onion and give it several
twists so that the core can be pulled out of the center.
Pour the dipping sauce into a small sauce cup, place it into the center of the
onion and serve.