Bloomin’ Onion {Tasty Bites for the Big Game}

Are you ready for the big game?? AKA Superbowl Sunday. We might not know what teams are playing, but it is never too early to think about what you will serve if you’re having people over for the big game!

Austin and I love Outback Steakhouse, and we go all the time. Our family is awesome with gifts for the holidays, and we received two very generous giftcards to Outback, which is a hop, skip, and jump from our house. When we go, it is mandatory that we order a bloomin’ onion.

Baked Bloomin' Onion -- Food Ramblings

I don’t want to pull out the deep fryer to make this at home, but  when I saw this recipe from Gimme Some Oven, I knew it would be perfect for a game night or a Sunday full of football.

Baked Bloomin' Onion -- Food Ramblings

 

I got together with 13 other food bloggers who also have created some delicious treats that you can use to create the perfect party menu.  So head on over to their sites and find some more great ideas!

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (I used Vidalia)
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Sandwich Sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside.

Cut the top off the onion, but not from the root side. You want to cut far enough down so some of the inside layers can be seen. Peel off the outer layer of the onion (I guess the peel) and then the next layer of onion that isn’t looking it’s very best 🙂 When peeling, make sure to leave the root intact.

Put the onion flat side (or cut side) down. Use a large knife to cut the onion in 16ths. Start cutting about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch from the root. When turning the onion to get to the each side, turn the cutting board instead of the onion to make sure the cuts are consistent.

After you’ve cut the onion, flip the onion over on the parchment paper/baking sheet. Use your fingers to spread apart the petals. If your knife didn’t go through all the onion, go back through and finish the cuts.

Take out two separate bowls. In the first, combine the breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning, and salt. In the second, whisk the two eggs together.

Start at the bottom (we did it in quarters) and work your way up. Brush each egg petal with the egg mixture and then sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. This was better, I think, as a two person job if possible. We used this method half of the onion since it is time consuming. The other half, we used the brush and the egg mixture very liberally, hoping the egg would seep between the onion peels. And it worked! This second half of the onion went much quicker. Sprinkle any leftover egg and breadcrumbs over the top or over what needs to be coated more.

Baked Bloomin' Onion -- Food Ramblings

Very loosely cover the baking pan with aluminum foil. Be careful not to smoosh the onion. Bake for five minutes, remove the foil, and then cook for another 10-15 minutes. The onion should be soft and the tips should be crispy/almost looking burnt but not.

Remove and serve with sauces. We chose the Sweet Baby Ray’s Sandwich Sauce (has a tangy taste to it) and BBQ sauce.

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