A while back I opted in for the Tastemakers Program with Kikkoman and they asked me to try one of their products. I agreed to and they sent me a box. It is a coating mix called Kara-Age seasoned with soy and ginger. Right on the front it says great for chicken and fish. Well, I don’t eat that so I needed to come up with an alternative plan. I gave it a try with a fake meat product and it really didn’t turn out so I had to think up a Plan B. Well, plan B became a baked bloomin’ onion.
I love those bloomin’ onions but I didn’t want to fry it with all that oil so I decided to bake it. Have you ever made a bloomin’ onion? Just trying to slice it without it falling apart is a challenge, geez. It took me a couple of tries cutting the onion correctly, lucky thing I use onions in most meals so the onions didn’t go to waste. To get the seasoned coating to stick to the onion I sprayed it with olive oil spray. The best way to coat the onion was to place the mix in a large baggie and then put the onion in there and shake it and then bake it. I have to say it did work but I do think that a bloomin’ onion should be deep fried. What do you think? The onions did come out nice and tender though. The coating mix has a nice ginger flavor to it.
I really hit it though with the dipping sauce. I made it from vegan mayonnaise and it tastes nearly the same as the sauce that goes with bloomin’ onions from a restaurant. Delicious.
For the Onion:
1 large onion whole-vidalia
package Kara-Age soy-ginger seasoning mix
olive oil spray to coat the onion
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut off the top portion of the onion about 1/2 an inch and peel. I left the root part on. Turn the onion with the cut side down on a cutting board. Start about 1/2 inch from the root and slice all the way down making 13 even cuts. Turn the onion back over and gently spread the pedals. Spray the onion with the olive oil spray. Place the coating mix in a large baggie and then put the onion in and gently shake to coat. Remove and place in a baking dish. Bake 45-60 minutes.
Spicy Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup vegan mayo
1/2 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon ketchup
dash cayenne pepper
Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.