Baked Italian Style Blooming Onions

January 13, 2016 By:
15 minutes
50 minutes
I always end up being the one to cook and prepare all the foods during football games. My boyfriend plans huge football parties every year, but forgets about the important part...the food! I make sure to keep the foods simple and delicious. I also like to provide healthier options of popular football foods. This year for the Superbowl, I am going to make one of my favorite appetizers, the blooming onion. I'm going to skip the fryer and keep it healthy. The fryer gives the blooming onion most of it's unique flavor, so I decided to use Italian bread crumbs to give my baked onions that extra boost of flavor. This recipe is super easy and has very few ingredients. They also taste great! You can easily make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free breadcrumbs and adding italian seasoning to the mixture.



  1. Set all your ingredients out and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the top off of the onion and peel. Leave the bottom intact. Flip the chopped side down and slice the onion around the bottom. Make sure to not cut all the way to the bottom or it will fall apart.
  3. Flip the onion back over and spread out the slices. Slice any additional large pieces.
  4. Whisk together the milk and eggs.
  5. Place the onion in the milk and egg mixture.
  6. Let the onion soak 3-5 minutes.
  7. Coat the onion in the breadcrumbs. I added several coats to these.
  8. Place the onions in a greased baking dish and sprinkle black pepper over the top.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes. The edges will be lightly brown and the onions will be sweet and soft.
  10. Let the onions cool for about ten minutes and then serve with your favorite dipping sauce. They are really good with a spicy yogurt dip or a sweet chili sauce.
  11. Enjoy!