Gluten-Free Chex® Blooming Onions with Bacon Chipotle Dip

Gluten-free Chex® cereal keeps our blooming onion appetizer crispy.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

Bacon Chipotle Dip

1/2
cup mayonnaise
2
to 3 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2
tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon

Onions

1
cup Corn Chex™ cereal
1
cup Rice Chex™ cereal
1
cup rice-based gluten-free baking mix
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2
teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
1
cup milk
2
eggs
2
large sweet onions
Vegetable oil for deep frying

  • 1 Mix Dip ingredients in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 2 Crush cereals. In large bowl, mix crushed cereals, baking mix, salt and spices. In another large bowl, beat milk and eggs with whisk.
  • 3 Cut 1/2 inch off pointed end of onion; peel onion, leaving bottom stem. Cut 1-inch diameter core out of middle of onion. Using very sharp, large knife, cut through center of onion to about three-fourths of the way down. Turn the onion 90 degrees and cut it again in an X across the first cut. Keep cutting the sections in half, very carefully until the onion has been cut 16 times. Do not cut down to the bottom of the onion. Spread the "petals" of the onion apart. Coat onion with cereal mixture, separating petals and sprinkling dry coating between them. Dip onion into egg mixture, then into cereal mixture again. This double-dipping ensures a well-coated onion; some of the coating will wash off when frying the onion.
  • 4 Repeat step 3 with remaining onion, cereal mixture and egg mixture.
  • 5 In deep fat fryer or heavy saucepan, place enough oil to just cover onion. Heat oil to 350°F. Using slotted spoon, slowly place 1 coated onion at a time into hot oil. Adjust heat to keep oil at 350°F. Fry 3 minutes; turn onion with slotted spoon. Fry 3 to 4 minutes longer or until onion is golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Serve hot with dip.

Expert Tips

To crush cereals, place in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and finely crush with rolling pin or meat mallet (or finely crush in food processor).

Cooking Gluten Free? Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
660mg
660%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.