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Fried Onion Mums or Pom Poms

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Category: Onions, Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 5 Onion, small to med
  • 4 c Flour
  • 5 ts Baking powder
  • 2 tb Paprika
  • 1 ts Garlic powder
  • 2 ts Greek seasoning
  • 1 ts Salt; or to taste
  • Pepper, black; to taste
  • 3 Egg
  • 1 1/2 c Milk
  • Oil; for deep frying


Cut off and discard the top half-inch of the onions. Peel them but do
not cut off the root end. Place each onion, root end up, on a cutting
board. With a sharp, pointed knife, make vertical cuts all around the onion
about a quarter inch apart.

Start the cut a quarter-inch from the root for small onions or a
half-inch from the root for very large ones. Make sure the knife goes into
the center of the onion.

Place all the onions in a large bowl of cold water, add ice cubes,
cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. The onions will open up
like mums. Drain upside-down when ready to proceed. In a large bowl, mix
together thoroughly the flour, baking powder and spices. In another bowl,
beat together the eggs and milk.

Dip the onions one by one into the egg mixture, opening the petals with
your fingers; let the excess drip off, and place in flour.
Work the flour mixture into the center gently with fingertips. Shake off
excess flour and repeat egg dip and flouring, shaking off the excess

Half-fill a deep fryer or large, deep, heavy pot with oil. (The author
of this recipe used the bottom of her pressure cooker a small electric
fryer will NOT do.)

Heat the oil to 360F or until a small piece of dry bread turns deep
gold in 15 seconds. Fry the onions without crowding them one at a time
for large ones ~- keeping them submerged with a spatula or by placing the
frying basket on top of them. Plunge them in root end up and turn them
over once.

To serve at once, fry large onions for about six or seven minutes,
small ones for five minutes, or until deep gold. Drain upside-down on paper
towels; then invert on a serving plate. Keep warm in a low oven while
frying the others. Remove the centers of large onions with a very sharp
knife. Small onions may be left whole or the center can be scooped out
with a melon-ball cutter. If serving the next day, fry the onions until
pale gold; do not fry completely. Let cool. When ready to serve, reheat the
oil to 380F and fry the onions just long enough to heat and brown, about 15
seconds. Drain and serve. To get the same taste without making mums,
simply cut onions ver- tically to make "petals" or crosswise and separate
into rings. This can be done ahead and the petals or rings kept in ice
water. Egg, flour and fry as above.

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