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How to Bake a Blooming Onion

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author image Leslie Truex
Leslie Truex has been telecommuting and freelancing since 1994. She wrote the "The Work-At-Home Success Bible" and is a career/business and writing instructor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Truex has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Willamette University and a Master of Social Work from California State University-Sacramento. She has been an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America certified fitness instructor since 2001.
How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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An onion is a low-calorie, non-fat vegetable that adds zing to your meal. But when deep fried in batter, this benign food becomes a health hazard. Blooming onions, found as an appetizer at many restaurants, have more than 2,700 calories, over half of which come from unhealthy saturated fat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. The good news is that you can make healthier, low-fat versions and, if you're carb-conscious, you can make a blooming onion without breading.

Bloomin' Blossom

Step 1

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Slice off the top one-half inch of the pointy side of the onion. Peel off the outer layer of skin.

Step 3

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Cut down the center of the onion from the top, stopping about one-half inch from the bottom. Cut the two halves down the middle, stopping one-half inch from the bottom, so you have four even segments. Repeat, making two more cuts, cutting the four segments down the middle, stopping one-half inch from the bottom. You should end up with eight even segments. Place the onion top-side down in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes.

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Step 4

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Create a breading mixture to cover the onion. Try grinding up whole-grain cereal and combining it with salt, pepper and other seasonings, like garlic powder, thyme and oregano, for taste as well as fiber.

Step 5

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Remove the onion from the ice water and dry. Completely coat the onion with the egg substitute. Shake to remove excess egg.

Step 6

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Sprinkle the breading mixture to coat the onion, making sure you get it in between the "petals."

Step 7

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Place the onion cut-side up in a baking pan and bake it for 40 minutes or until the outside is crispy and the inside is soft. This version of the blooming onion makes two servings.

Low-Carb Onion Bloom

Step 1

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 2

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Cut off the top one-half inch of the pointy side of the onion. Peel away the first layer of onion.

Step 3

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Cut down the center of the onion from the top, stopping about one-half inch from the bottom. Cut the two halves down the middle, stopping one-half inch from the bottom, so you have four even segments. Repeat, making two more cuts, cutting the four segments down the middle, stopping one-half inch from the bottom. You should end up with eight even segments. Place the onion top-side down in bowl of ice water for 10 minutes.

Step 4

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Coat the onion in olive oil and then sprinkle on your favorite seasonings. Spice ideas include salt, pepper, oregano, basil or thyme. Make sure you get the seasonings down into the "petals."

Step 5

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Place the onion in the center of a large piece of aluminum foil. Lift the corners of the foil and twist them together to wrap the onion.

Step 6

How to Bake a Blooming Onion
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Place the foil-wrapped onion on a baking sheet. Place it in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until tender. Watch out for hot steam when opening the foil packet. This version of the blooming onion serves four.

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