Cut off the top 1/2 inch of the onion, leaving the root end of the onion intact. Place the now flat stem end of the onion down on the cutting board with the root end facing up. Make 16 slices around the onion, starting with your knife tip 1/2 inch away from the root so that you never slice through the root. Begin by making 4 slices at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock. Then make slices down the onion between each of the 4 original slices. Turn onion over, gently separate the onion petals and remove loose pieces of onion in the center.
Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl. In a second bowl, combine the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
Preheat the air fryer to 350°.
Place the onion cut side up into a third, empty bowl. Sprinkle the flour mixture all over the onion to cover it and getting between the onion petals. Turn the onion over carefully to shake off the excess flour and then transfer to the empty flour bowl, again, cut side up.
Pour the egg mixture all over the onion to cover all the flour. Let it soak for a minute in the mixture. Carefully remove the onion, tipping it upside down to drain off any excess egg, and transfer it to the empty egg bowl, again, cut side up.
Finally, sprinkle the flour mixture over the onion a second time, making sure the onion is well coated and all the petals have the seasoned flour mixture on them. Carefully turn the onion over and skate off any excess flour and transfer it to a plate or baking sheet. Spring the onion generously with vegetable oil.
Transfer the onion, cut side up, to the air fryer basket and air-fry for 25 minutes. We set the onion on a piece of foil, folder three times to make a "sling" to get the onion back out. The onion petals will open more fully as it cooks, so spray with more oil at least twice during the cooking time.
While the onion is cooking, make the dipping sauce (I halved the sauce amounts). Serve with the Blooming Onion!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (242g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 106 (48%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 11.8g||16 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.5g||12 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 16mg||5 %|
|Sodium 672.9mg||23 %|
|Potassium 465.1mg||12 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 25.5g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2.5g||10 %|
|Sugars, other 23g|
|Protein 5.2g||7 %|
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Calories per serving: 219
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