Grilled Blooming Onion: Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified!

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Hardest thing about this recipe?? THE PHOTO! Oh my gahhhhsh! I had NO idea that aluminum foil would make my eyes spin. Never, ever am I going to use aluminum foil, again. In a photo, that is. Blah. Sorry if your eyes are hurting… :-/


Happy Sunday!! You look lovely!

Wanna know what I’m doing today? Throwing a birthday party for my now 2-year old.

In just a few, short hours this house will be filled with screaming kids and MY friends. That’s right. It may be HER┬ábirthday party, but I’m throwin’ it, and if she can have her friends over, well then, so can I!

I sound like a brat… It must have something to do with my dissatisfaction with these pics.

Grilled Blooming Onion | | Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified! | #recipes #appetizers #healthy

So how do we feel about this blooming onion?? I happen to LOVE it!

Long time ago, when the docs told my dad to sloooooow down on the fried food, we had to find a quick way to healthify his favorite steakhouse appetizer – onion blossom. I think he was willing to ignore the doctor just because he couldn’t imagine life without the blossom. True story.

My mom’s attempt to bake it instead of frying it, just did not cut it. The next best thing was to throw it on the grill. She did, he loved it, and we all lived happily ever after. Wanna join? Make this!

Grilled Blooming Onion | | Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified! | #recipes #appetizers #healthy

I’m thinking you should probably make this for Father’s Day, too. ALL dads love this stuff. It’s a fact. Yes, it is. Ask your dad.

Now I’m gonna go and tend to the kids… and make myself a large pitcher of the oh-so-good Bambus Cocktail Drink. Lawd knows I’ll need it.


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Grilled Blooming Onion: Your favorite steakhouse appetizer, healthified!
Serves: Serves 2 to 3
  • 1 large white onion
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons your choice of steak sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, etc...
  1. Heat the grill.
  2. Cut onion into 6 to 8 wedges, stopping ½-inch short of the bottom. Do not cut through to the bottom - leave bottom intact.
  3. Cut out a piece of aluminum foil.
  4. Place onion on foil and slowly open up the onion a bit, pulling the wedges apart.
  5. Drizzle onion with olive oil.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add cheeses in the open center of the onion.
  8. Drizzle the entire onion with sauce.
  9. Wrap it up tightly and grill for 30 to 35 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  10. Remove from grill and slowly open up the foil.
  11. Serve immediately.

You can serve this as an appetizer or as a side dish.

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  1. Michelle July 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM - Reply

    What sauce did you use on the onion when you made it? Thanks!

    • Katerina Petrovska July 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM - Reply

      Hi Michelle!! Usually, I reach over for the Steak Sauce. But, I have made it with hot sauce, too. It’s delicious!

  2. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 9, 2014 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    I adore this blooming onion! So smart that you grilled it! I want to be just like you when I grow up!!

  3. mjskit June 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    This is what summer is all about! I love grilling blooming onions and can make a meal out of them. I need to try your recipe. It looks MUCH better than the one I’m using which is just butter and a bouillon cube. Love the addition of the cheeses to yours. Great recipe!

  4. Ramona June 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM - Reply

    What a fantastic idea… all the flavor and not all the calories of the deep fried kind. :)

  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout June 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM - Reply

    I totally have to try this Kate! I love that it’s a healthy version of one of our favorite appetizers. And the foil…I think you did pretty darn good cause foil is a SERIOUS pain in the butt to photograph :) Pinned!

  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM - Reply

    I love a blooming onion, this grilled version is just brilliant!

  7. Auntiepatch June 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM - Reply

    I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about; the foil makes it look delicious!

  8. Deanna June 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    Foil frustrates me too, I can never pull it out of the box right lol.

    Have fun today, I just went through my kiddos birthday party last weekend! I invited my friends too :)

  9. Sandy C June 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM - Reply

    There is nothing wrong with your photos. I’m sure there is nothing wrong with the others so please share. You are your own worst critic. I am so doing these with vadalias but in the oven. yum.

  10. A_Boleyn June 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Shiny, shiny aluminum. :)

    I recently saw someone making the giant Outback version and the cutting technique to get it to ‘bloom’ is so simple that it was embarrassing. However, I think I’d go for the full Monty treatment with battering and deep frying and only have it once a year or two rather than baking since I enjoy the crispy, crunchy bits.

  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes June 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM - Reply

    Fun and delicious! I am so tempted to give this a try too.

  12. zerrin June 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM - Reply

    I think the photos with aluminum foil gives the feeling that it’s right from the oven, which makes me more tempted. So don’t worry about the photos, they are doing their job just perfectly. This is definitely an amazing side!

    • Katerina Petrovska June 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM - Reply

      That was the idea – leave the foil on so it looks more homey. :) But it was really, really hard to take photos because of that foil… I just couldn’t get it to work. I may need to upgrade to a better, more professional camera. :-) THANK YOU!! xo

  13. Laura Dembowski June 8, 2014 at 7:27 AM - Reply

    You may not like these pics, but they are more than enough to get me to want to make this. I mean, a healthy blooming onion – it does not get better than that.

    • Katerina Petrovska June 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Laura! :) Normally, I would not have shared it. I have tons of recipes that I haven’t shared because the photos are just horrible. But, I had to share this. This stuff is way too good, even if the pictures are a bit blahhhh. :-)

  14. How to Philosophize with Cake June 8, 2014 at 7:07 AM - Reply

    Wow what a great idea! Never thought of grilling an onion like that, but it sounds delicious. :)

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