I'm on a junk food kick today and I wanted something fried, spicey and garlicy. Being close to Vidalia, GA, I recently got ahold of the motherload onion:
I mixed up some flour, salt, pepper, dried egg powder, garlic powder, onion powder and a hint of cayenne pepper. I then proceeded to "bloom" the onion by cutting it just so. You don't have to have one of those fancy little gadgets to cut a bloom, just don't cut all the way through and open up your "petals" very gently. I soaked it in ice water for about 15 minutes to help open her up a little more.
The key to getting a good crunchy onion is to dip it in the dry flour mix, getting it all in between the petals, then mix some of the flour with a little water to make a soupy batter, dip the onion in that, then back to the dry mix. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
Drop it in the hot oil, 375F, for about 5-6 minutes, drain and there ya go.
Make a dipping sauce by mixing mayo and your favorite spicey BBQ sauce. I also had some dilly beans I made a few days ago, yummy, crunchy, garlic love.