Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Oil for deep frying
1 large sweet onion
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon seafood and meat seasoning (Old Bay)
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon white pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 egg slightly beaten
Mild ranch dressing or spicy bbq dressing for dipping
Heat oil for frying to 350 degrees. Peel the skin off the onion, leaving the root end intact. Cut a small slice off the top. Starting at the top of the onion make a cut down 1 side toward the root, stopping 1/2 inch from the bottom. Make additional cuts at 1/8th inch intervals until there are cuts across the entire top of the onion.
Rotate the onion so the cuts are horizontal to you. Continue to cut 1/8th inch intervals, forming a checkerboard pattern across the entire top of the onion. To help the onion "bloom" gently spread the "petals".
Combine the dry ingredients in a shallow bowl or pan. Dust the onion with the flour mixture. Combine milk and egg in small deep bowl. Dip the dusted onion in the egg mixture and then back into the flour mixture.
When the oil is 350 degrees carefully submerge the onion in the oil and fry for 10 minutes, turning as needed, until a golden color. Remove and drain excess oil.
Serve with a variety of sauces, we prefer light buttermilk ranch.