A homemade fried blooming onion is loaded with Cheddar cheese, bacon, and chicken in this crowd-pleasing appetizer served with ranch dressing.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Cut 1/2 inch off the pointed part of the onion and peel. Place onion on a work surface, cut-side down. Make a downward cut into the onion, starting 1/2 inch from the root, all the way to the work surface. Repeat 3 more times, making a total of 4 evenly spaced cuts around the onion to create 4 sections

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  • Cut each of the 4 sections of the onion into 3 even slices to reach a total of 16 evenly spaced cuts. Turn the onion over and gently separate the outer pieces, using your fingers.

  • Whisk milk, water, eggs, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a bowl.

  • Whisk flour, ranch dressing mix, cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a separate bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  • Heat peanut oil in a deep fryer or deep, heavy pot to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Dip onion in the egg mixture using a slotted spoon or your hand. Remove and let excess egg drip back into the egg mixture. Place onion in a bowl, cut-side up. Pour all of the flour mixture on top. Shake the bowl and distribute the flour mixture evenly using a spoon or your fingers, making sure the flour mixture reaches inside the onion's "petals".

  • Lift onion out of bowl by the core, turning over and patting to release excess flour. Fully submerge the onion in egg mixture again; remove and let excess egg mixture drip back into bowl. Place onion back in bowl with flour mixture and spoon to coat onion again with flour mixture.

  • Turn the onion cut-side down and place in a wire skimmer. Shake gently over the flour bowl and pat to release any excess flour.

  • Carefully lower onion in the hot oil, cut-side down. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays at 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Fry for 3 minutes; carefully turn onion over and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes more. Remove and drain on paper towels and season with salt.

  • Place onion on a baking sheet and top with 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese, chicken, bacon, and remaining 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes. Drizzle ranch dressing over onion and sprinkle green onion, salt, and pepper over the top.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

719 calories; 57.2 g total fat; 129 mg cholesterol; 1610 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 22.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2017
Made as written and this turned out great! The seasoned flour was excellent and would be great on onion rings fried pickles fried green tomatoes etc. If you want to impress your guests this is the recipe to do it. The blooming onions you get in steakhouses have nothing on this bad boy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2019
I loved this recipe but the amount of mix you need is not as much as said. It also was very difficult to get the mix ALL in the inion this is probably due to me not having the right materials. But all-in-all it was good if you like onions. Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2017
Made as written and this turned out great! The seasoned flour was excellent and would be great on onion rings fried pickles fried green tomatoes etc. If you want to impress your guests this is the recipe to do it. The blooming onions you get in steakhouses have nothing on this bad boy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2017
Made as written and this turned out great! The seasoned flour was excellent and would be great on onion rings fried pickles fried green tomatoes etc. If you want to impress your guests this is the recipe to do it. The blooming onions you get in steakhouses have nothing on this bad boy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2019
I loved this recipe but the amount of mix you need is not as much as said. It also was very difficult to get the mix ALL in the inion this is probably due to me not having the right materials. But all-in-all it was good if you like onions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2018
I followed the recipe made no changes. Great flavor. Loved it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2019
i couldnt get the batter to stick. followed recipe exactly and dinner was ruined because the batter didnt want to stick:( wont make again but giving 3 stars because I'm sure it would have tasted great if the batter stuck to the onion Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/07/2019
It was a lot of work and they didn't turn out. My onion petals didn't really separate well and it didn't cook all the way through. I will not try this again. I'll stick to ordering it at Texas Roadhouse:). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2018
Will definitely make it again! I am an onion junkie! Keep it coming! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/09/2019
I used vegetable oil instead of peanut oil but the inside of the onion was still uncooked. I cooked it for the alloted time. Will attempt it again and cook it longer. Read More