Blooming Onion with Chipotle Mayo

Cuisinart original

This popular restaurant appetizer is easy and fun to make at home.


Makes 1 blooming onion (2 to 3 servings)


½    cup mayonnaise
1     chipotle chile in adobo, finely chopped
¼    teaspoon fresh lemon juice
       Nonstick cooking spray
½    cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1    large egg, lightly beaten
2    tablespoons buttermilk
½   cup panko breadcrumbs
½   teaspoon garlic powder
¼   teaspoon kosher salt
      Pinch freshly ground black pepper
      Pinch cayenne pepper
1    large sweet onion, peeled
      Olive oil, for spraying

Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving of Blooming Onion (based on 3 servings):
Calories 165 (18% from fat) • carb. 28g • pro. 6g • fat 3g • sat. fat 1g chol. 72mg • sod. 234mg • calc. 31mg • fiber 2g
Nutritional information per serving of Chipotle Mayonnaise (based on 1 tablespoon):
Calories 101 (99% from fat) • carb. 0g • pro. 0g • fat 11g • sat. fat 2g chol. 10mg • sod. 93mg • calc. 0mg • fiber 0g


Function: Oven/AirFry

1. Make the Chipotle Mayo: Put the mayonnaise, chipotle, and lemon
juice in the work bowl of a mini food processor. Process on High
until completely puréed and homogenous. Transfer to a serving bowl,
cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Make the Blooming Onion: Place the AirFry Basket onto the Oven/
AirFry Pan. Coat the basket with nonstick cooking spray. Reserve.
3. Put the flour into a bowl large enough to dip the onion. Whisk the egg and buttermilk together in a similar-size bowl, and the breadcrumbs and seasonings in a third similar-size bowl. Reserve.
4. Trim the top of the onion to create a flat surface. Leave the root end intact. Turn the onion over so that the root end faces up, and rest it on its flat surface.
5. Without piercing the root, cut the onion into 4 wedges. Also without piercing the root, cut each wedge in half; repeat until wedges are about ¼ inch thick.
6. Turn the cut onion over and carefully, without breaking the pieces off the root, separate the layers; the separated onion will resemble a flower with petals.
7. Dredge the onion in the flour, and gently shake off the excess before dipping into the egg mixture. Finally, coat each layer evenly with the panko mixture. Evenly spray the coated onion with olive oil and place in the prepared basket.
8. Place in the Cuisinart® Microwave AirFryer Plus. Select Oven/AirFry, set the temperature to 400°F and time for 10 minutes, and press Start. The onion is done when it is crispy and golden brown.
9. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately with the Chipotle Mayo