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Crispy "Bloomed" Onion

Finally, you can indulge in the crispy onion experience of that famous flower-shaped appetizer without the mess and extra grease, thanks to this healthier, no-fry recipe by Chef John. Plus, you can save a trip to the corporate chain restaurant at the strip mall. For a regular 10- to 12-inch "bloom" you'll need to quarter about 2 large red onions and boil them just until the layers separate. You can prep the topping in the meantime by toasting up some panko bread crumbs with butter and olive oil on the stove and tossing in some garlic and Parmesan. Now, it's time to flex your flower arrangement skills and finally separate those onion layers into "petals." Simply line them up in concentric circles on a round pan, sprinkle with bread crumbs and more cheese, and let it blossom to crispy, golden brown excellence. From there you can gild the lily with your favorite toppings and take this "onion nachos" experience all the way! Get Chef John's recipe for Crispy “Bloomed” Onion.

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