Bloomin Onion

One large sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Maui
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1-cup milk
Oil for frying

Take the onion and peel off the skin, leaving the root intact. Cut a small slice off the top of the onion and discard. Starting at the top of the onion, make cuts across the onion, but stop 1/2 inch from the bottom. The cuts should he 1/8 inch apart. Then turn onion a quarter turn and repeat cuts. You should now have a checkerboard pattern across the top of the onion.

Place the onion in a bowl of ice water until it "blooms". Drain the onion and dry it carefully on paper towels.

Place flour and seasoning into a large Ziploc bag. Put the onion into the bag and shake. Then dip onion into milk and then back into flour mixture. Don't let the coating get clumped up to much.

Deep fry at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden, turning once. Remove onion from oil and drain carefully on paper towels.

Turn the onion upright and remove the very center core. Spoon dip of choice in the center of onion, the following recipe is the actual Bloomin Onion Dip Recipe, but any dip may be used, whatever your tastes prefer. Serve immediately.