The “Blooming Onion” is arguably the best appetizer at Outback Steakhouse, but as you could probably guess, it’s far from vegan-friendly – both the batter and the dipping sauce contain dairy and eggs – so we decided to veganize it! Therefore if you and your friends plan a chill evening gathering and lack vegan snacks ideas, don’t worry! We got you!
First of all, I want to share an incredible experience caused by this blooming onion recipe. I know for a fact that you’ll be as surprised as we were when you’ll find out about it! Therefore, while doing research for it, we found a lot of conflicting information. There seemed to be some confusion over the exact method of preparation and the ingredients of the sauce. So, we started to look for some exact answers.
Jokingly, we called up Outback Steakhouse and asked them how they make it. As you may also think, we figured they would probably tell us to get lost. However, much to our surprise, they actually told us exactly how they prepare it, including how they make the sauce! How amazing is that!
Rockin’ the Vegan Blooming Onion with Dipping Sauce Recipe: TIPS
- Apart from veganizing the ingredients, we also modified the preparation a bit to make this an “at home” version. We assume, that like us, most people don’t have a deep fryer with a basket, which is what you need if you want to make it exactly like the Blooming Onion you’d get at Outback. However, you can still get pretty good results by frying it in a pot of oil on the stovetop. The only difference, really, is that you’ll lose some of the pedals and batter from over-handling it. Believe me, getting it in and out of the pot without a basket is a precarious process, to say the least.
- Also, you can simplify the process even further by using an onion blossom cutter. It’s a simple contraption that cuts the onion perfectly for you. The cheap ones cost about $5 to $10 and have mixed reviews, but the industrial ones used in restaurants cost up to $400! Of course, the professional-grade cutters are made to do what they do all day, every day for years and years. So, we decided a simple kitchen knife would be just fine for us. Just do it carefully.
- Last but not least, we also learned that bigger is not better. To rock this recipe, we bought a massive onion from the farmers market, and we thought it was going to be perfect for a vegan Blooming Onion recipe because of its size. However, we now know we would have gotten better results from a much smaller onion – at least half the size or smaller. You can see the onion we used in the photos below. It was 2 lb!
Vegan Blooming Onion with Dipping Sauce: RECIPE
Suggested Read: Vegan French Onion Dip
All in all, this vegan blooming onion is a handful of ingredients, baked, crispy, and the sauce is like pure happiness. Also, it is a much healthier version than the original, great for entertaining, no greasy mess, and perfect for any occasion! So, why any vegan won’t give it a try?
Finally, please keep us posted in the comment section below with all your results with the vegan Blooming Onion recipe. You know how excited we get when we hear from you! Also, do not hesitate to ask any further questions on this topic and to share it with all your loved ones. I bet they won’t even tell that it’s a vegan snack considering its incredible taste!
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