Make this copycat Chili's Awesome Blossom Petals recipe in your kitchen for your family. These petals are really easy to make and super tasty! They are enjoyably messy to eat, so don’t forget the napkins!
In a small bowl combine sour cream, ketchup, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, and horseradish. Stir well. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
First, peel the onion, It will depend on how large your onion is, but you want to end up with cuts that are about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut the stem of the onion off and place the onion stem side down on the cutting board. Cut the onion in half vertically and horizontally. You should have 4 pieces, then make two additional diagonal cuts.
Prepare the breading station
In a bowl add the buttermilk.
In another bowl combine the flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Stir with a fork to mix up the breading.
Bread the onions by first putting in the flour, then dip into the buttermilk, and back into the flour. Rest the onions on a wire rack.
Cooking the onions
Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Add a the onions in small batches, do not overcrowd the onions. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden.
Remove from oil, and then drain on a wire rack.
You can use vegetable oil for frying. I personally buy generic vegetable oil. You could use peanut oil, canola oil, or even vegetable shortening, all work well. Be careful not to fry too many petals at once, they will reduce the temperature of the oil, and the result would be petals that aren't crispy. I like to rest fried foods on a wire rack, resting fried foods on paper towels causes them to steam, where a wire rack keeps them nice and crispy.