Blooming Onion with Chipotle Mayo

Cuisinart original

Who knew this popular restaurant appetizer was so easy to make?


Makes 1 blooming onion, about 2 to 3 servings


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
       Nonstick cooking spray
½    cup mayonnaise
1     chipotle chile in adobo, finely chopped
¼    teaspoon fresh lemon juice

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: AirFry

1. Prepare Chipotle Mayonnaise: Put mayonnaise, chipotle and lemon
juice in the work bowl of a mini food processor. Process on High until
completely puréed and homogeneous. Transfer to a serving bowl,
cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Place the AirFry Basket onto the AirFry Pan. Coat the basket with nonstick cooking spray. Reserve.
3. Put the flour into a bowl large enough to dip the onion. Put the egg
and buttermilk into another similar-sized bowl, and the breadcrumbs
and seasonings in a third, similar-sized bowl. Reserve.
4. Trim the top of the onion to create a flat surface. Leave the root end
intact. Turn the onion over, so 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, and then finally, coating each layer
evenly with the panko mixture. Evenly spray the coated onion with
olive oil and place into the prepared basket.
8. Place in the Cuisinart® 3-in-1 Microwave AirFryer Oven. Select
Oven/AirFry, set the temperature and time to 400°F for 12 minutes,
and press Start. Onion is done when it is crispy and golden brown
in color.
9. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately with the Chipotle