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Blooming Onion Pizza Bread

photo of two Blooming Onion Pizza Breads on a board with dipping sauce in the background

Earlier this week I saw someone do a version of Outback Steakhouse’s “blooming onion” using a loaf of sourdough 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.
overhead photo of two Blooming Onion Pizza Breads on a board with a bowl of dipping sauce
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.

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.
close-up photo of two Blooming Onion Pizza Bread
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.
overhead photo of two pizza breads
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.
photo of one Blooming Onion Pizza Bread
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.

If you like this recipe you might like my easy cheddar pull-apart bread, too.

Blooming Onion pizza bread

Servings: 2 pizza breads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
This blooming onion pizza bread is like eating pizza breadsticks 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 breadstick is covered in cheese and seasoning.


  • pizza dough (see note)
  • Italian seasoning
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • marinara sauce for dipping


  • Roll pizza dough into two large oval-shaped loaves. Bake at 425°F 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


I used a pizza dough recipe from Simply Recipes, which was enough to make two loaves.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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two Blooming Onion Pizza Bread

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11 comments on “Blooming Onion Pizza Bread”

  1. I decided to make this for a Halloween party. It smelled so wonderful coming out of the oven!

  2. That looks really delicious! Like a mixture of Pizza and grilled Sandwich.

  3. OMG! That looks sooooooo yummy!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  4. I worked at Outback when I was 17 and even then, as a teenager who lived on Doritos, Tostito’s queso dip and TollHouse break and bake cookies, I knew a bloomin onion was a bad idea if I wanted to make it to see my 21st bday. I saw this on her blog too and have been eyeing it. SO glad you made your own version. I might need to try both 😉

    • Lol, that is funny. Yes I feel guilty eating blooming onions too. I never eat more than a few bites. But this one and the sour dough bread one are definitely healthier options.

  5. What a great idea! sounds like a great appetizer to share among friends!

  6. Holy YUM! I’ve never eaten a bloomin’ onion either, but I might have to give this a try! I love it!

    • Blooming Onion’s are yummy if you liked fried onions! I’ve seen it at Outback and also at the county fair. But this is definitely good too!