A blooming onion
, onion blossom
, or onion 'mum
is a food
dish consisting of one large fried vidalia onion
which is cut to resemble a flower. It is served as an appetizer
at some restaurants
The name of the dish comes from its menu name at Outback Steakhouse ("Bloomin' Onion"), which claims to be the dish's inventor. The dish was a charter feature of the restaurant chain when it opened in 1988, and is still a favorite. Its popularity has led to its adoption as an appetizer at various other restaurant chains, most notably Chili's, where it is known as the "Awesome Blossom".
The egg wash and deep frying preparation process of the Blooming Onion makes it massively caloric. A single Blooming Onion with dressing has been reported as containing 2210 calories and 134 grams of fat. A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest
had a slightly lower fat content of 116 grams, including a combined 44 grams of saturated and trans fat.