Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Earlier this week I saw someone do a version of Outback Steakhouse’s “blooming onion” using a loaf of sour dough bread. I loved the idea.
One of the most appealing things about a blooming onion, other than its appearance, is the ease of being able to grab onto a stick and pull it out and eat the fried onion piece. I never thought of trying it with other foods until I saw the post by The Girl Who Ate Everything.
I loved the idea, but I didn’t want to copy it exactly. I spent some time thinking of what other foods would look and taste good when made into a blooming onion form. And then I came up with this “Blooming Onion” pizza bread.
Instead of rolling out pizza dough, I made it into one big oval loaf. After it finished baking, I sliced it to look like a blooming onion. My pizza bread did get a little flattened as I tried to slice it; it was taller when it first came out of the oven.
After I sliced the bread, I sprinkled mozzarella cheese liberally on the bread, making sure to stuff it into between each of the sections of the bread. I also sprinkled some Italian seasoning and then put it back in the oven to let the cheese melt onto the bread.
I loved the result. It’s like eating pizza bread sticks in a much more fun form. They taste great on their own or dipped with some marinara sauce. The bread breaks away easily from the loaf and each bread stick is covered in cheese and seasoning.
I used homemade pizza dough for this recipe, though you can use premade pizza dough too. This was my first time making homemade pizza dough and I was thrilled with the result. It was pretty easy to make and it came out so well. I loved the crispy exterior. I was actually forced into making my own dough. I had originally planned on using some premade pizza dough, but after going to two grocery stores and finding them out of stock, I thought it was a sign I should finally try making my own.
Recipe: Blooming Onion pizza bread
- Pizza dough (I used this recipe, which was enough to make two loaves)
- Italian seasoning
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- marinara sauce for dipping
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- Roll pizza dough into two large oval-shapes loaves. Bake at 425F for about 20 minutes or until bread dough is cooked through completely.
- Make vertical slices across the dough, deep enough until they are about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the bread. Then make horizontal slices across the bread.
- Sprinkle top of bread with mozzarella cheese. Tuck shredded cheese in between each of the cuts. Sprinkle seasoning on bread.
- Put bread back in oven and bake for another five minutes so that the cheese melts onto the bread. Serve warm with a side of marinara sauce for dipping