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A blooming onion is a deep fried onion which opens up during frying to resemble a flower.

Obviously, I start with a giant onion. How do I cut it?

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Recipe requests are off-topic, so I adjusted your title to reflect the technique. – hobodave Aug 3 '10 at 0:42
@hobodave: thanks – txwikinger Aug 3 '10 at 14:14
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  • Slice off 1/2" of the top of the onion (opposite the root)
  • Place onion root side up, and make slices all the way through, staying at least 1/2" away from the root
  • Flip it over and spread apart the leaves

This is best described with images.

Alternatively, if you're willing to drop a few hundred dollars, you can buy a bloomin' onion cutter. This is what restaurants use. There are cheaper alternatives, but I can't vouch for their quality or ease of use.

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great link. You're right, the pictures make your instructions much more clear. – Dinah Sep 10 '10 at 1:08

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