I'm still really enjoying National Vegetarian Week; I'd forgotten how easy it is to not eat meat. It really is easy. The options are endless. Every day I'm seeing incredible, new plant-based products in the supermarket. The weather had turned yesterday in London. We've gone from glorious sunshine to cold grey skies again, and I really wanted comfort food, specifically, southern American diner style comfort food. I picked up some veggie BBQ ribs, made with peanut and ready to pop straight in the oven, tick! You can't have ribs with mac'n'cheese. And greens. Comfort food doesn’t just have to be stodge, for me, garlic spring greens with bacon are the ultimate comfort vegetable dish. Sadly, all of the good vegetarian bacon substitutes contain gluten - no probs though, I'd just make some out of aubergine. Then there's the ultimate king of the diner menu dish - a blooming onion. They are heaven. A whole, deep fried onion, coated in a Cajun spiced crumb, that fans out like a huge flower, you pick the 'petals' and plunge them into a dip. The thought of getting the deep fryer out and making something deep fried though was not an option, for a start I didn't want to have to clean it afterwards, and I wanted something a bit more healthy, so I decided to find a way to bake one - it didn't disappoint!
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time18 min
- Total Time28 min
- Yieldserves 4
- 1 large onion
- 100g + 200g brown rice flour
- 1 large egg
- 25ml milk
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
put the 100g of brown rice flour into a bowl. Separate the onion wedge layers to create the ‘petals’. Toss these in the flor to coat them, this will allow the batter to stick.
In another bowl, beat together the egg, flour, milk and cajun seasoning.
line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Dip each onion petal into the batter to coat, Shake off the excess and place on the baking tray.
Bake the onion petals for 18 minutes until crispy. Serve with the dip of your choice, burger sauce is great with the but i went with mustard mayo this time.