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Vegan blooming onion petals

How to Make Vegan Blooming Onion Petals

Author Chef Summer Storm - garden grub
These vegan blooming onion petals are lightly battered onion pieces deep-fried to crunchy perfection and served with a spicy aioli for dipping. These taste exactly like a blooming onion, except they are much easier to make!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Cooking thermometer

Ingredients
 

  • 1 medium-sized sweet onion
  • 1 quart vegetable or canola oil, for deep frying
  • *Optional: TRUFF truffle oil, for drizzling on the fried onions

Dry Batter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Wet Batter

  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened soy milk (You can also use cashew or almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp liquid Just Egg
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce of choice (I use TRUFF Black Truffle Hotter Sauce)

Spicy Aioli

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce of choice (I use TRUFF Black Truffle Hotter Sauce)

Instructions
 

Dry Batter

  • Add all of the ingredients into a wide, shallow bowl and whisk until evenly combined.

Wet Batter

  • Add all of the ingredients into a wide, shallow bowl and whisk until evenly combined.

How to Batter and Fry the Onions

  • Preheat the vegetable oil in a medium-sized saucepot to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Please use a thermometer to get a precise temperature.
  • Cut the onion in half through the root. Then, cut the ends off of the onion halves and remove the outer skin.
  • Lay the onion down flat, with one of the cut ends facing you, and cut through the top three times, angling the knife towards the center each time to create a petal look. Then, peel the pieces apart so they are individual petals.
  • Line a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper. Line another sheet pan with a couple of layers of paper towel.
  • To batter the onions, first, place a few into the dry batter and toss them to coat them lightly. The batter will not stick to the onions a lot this first time. Then, evenly coat them in the wet batter. Lastly, evenly coat them in the dry batter once more. So, it's dry batter-wet batter-dry batter. Then, place them on the sheet pan with the parchment paper.
  • To deep fry the battered onions, carefully drop 5 to 6 of them into the oil and cook them for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. Then, using a slotted metal spoon, remove the onions and place them on the prepared sheet pan of paper towels.
  • Lightly season the fried onions with salt. If desired (I highly recommend this step), drizzle TRUFF's truffle oil over the fried onion petals just before serving. I also like to drizzle a little bit into my spicy aioli!
  • Repeat the battering and frying steps with the rest of the onions!

Spicy Aioli

  • Add all of the ingredients into a small bowl and stir until well combined.
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