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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best Onion Rings Ever & Money Saving Grocery Tip

With the summer months here and all of us using the BBQ for friends and family gatherings, I thought I would repeat one of my family's favorites to go with all those hamburgers and hot dogs.

I love onion rings,but I don't like the ones that are tons of batter and the onions seem all limp and soggy inside.  I have a recipe for the best Beer Battered rings you will ever eat, and so easy.



The secret is in the recipe.  You use 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of cornstarch plus 2 teaspoons baking powder.
Mix in small amounts of beer until you have the batter the consistency of pancake batter.  Thick, but not too thick.


Stir until smooth , no lumps. Not too thin.


Cut the onion slices about 1/2 inch thick and seperate into rings.  Place a few at a time in the batter, turning with tongs to coat them well.


 Place in skillet with enough hot oil to float the rings.  Keep the oil hot, but not so hot they burn.  As they brown turn to cook both sides.  This takes just a minute.


 Place on paper towel to drain. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  These are so light, crispy and non-greasy yummy. Your family will love them.

Now for a money saving grocery tip.  When I was a single mom with 3 children, I use to buy my ground beef in bulk when it was on sale.  Instead of packaging it up in 1 lb. packages, I packaged it up in 3/4 lb. packages.  No one missed the 1/4 lb and and all of my recipes tasted the same.  This is a super way to turn 4 lbs of ground beef into 5 serving size packages..  Now that I am mostly cooking for just the two of us I have started doing the same.  Since good ground beef is $2.99 lb (on sale), that turns out to be a great savings, better than most coupons.

I just put them in small freezer bags and then I keep them on the shelf inside the freezer compartment door.  Really easy to just grab one for us or more if I am cooking for a crowd.


Here's my most pinned and copied (over 150,000 times) recipe to stretch your pennies even further.  ( I wrote this a couple of years ago and I used ground chuck.  Still a great way to feed a bunch and always a crowd pleaser.) Hamburger/Cheese Casserole


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34 comments:

  1. Delicious! Thanks for the tips, Marty! Love onion rings, just like the ones you describe!

    Poppy

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  2. Oh Miss Marty my mouth is watering!

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  3. I love onion rings (and also did that money saving trick with ground meat). Pinned.

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  4. I love onion rings! Yours turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Smiles!

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  5. Hi Marty,
    The onion rings look so yummy will try these. Hubby's favorite. I am also going to try the cheeseburger casserole. I think I put on 10 lbs just reading these delicious recipes. LOL!
    Have a great Sunday.
    Kris

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  6. I copied that recipe for Hamburger Cheese casserole as I'm have several of the grandchildren over for dinner next weekend and thought that they might like it too. I'm making oven fried chicken for the adults but the little ones seem to prefer anything that looks or tastes like macaroni and cheese. Thanks for the recipes and money saving tips.

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  7. they look so good and that tip about the beef is great.

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  8. Love the onion rings too! I never could make them well, so I can see this is a good recipe as well Marty! Thank you for sharing sweet lady.
    FABBY

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  9. These onion rings look yummy! I haven't fried anything in quite a while so if I do try this recipe, I'm gonna fried some fish to go along with the onion rings. Now my mouth is watering!

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  10. Thanks Marty! I'm going to try your onion ring recipe tonight.

    Pam

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  11. Your onion rings look great Marty! It's been way too long since I've had some:@)

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  12. Oh Marty your onion rings look so good! I'm going to use your recipe for my onion rings. The casserole look so good too!
    Now I'm really hungry.

    Kathy

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  13. Great tip, Marty! I have recently started buying those big family size packages even though it is just hubby and I now. It is not only a good idea when it is on sale, but winds up lasting a longer time between shopping trips. I have started doing it with chicken breasts. I get the thick ones and just separate them into one per package. I then slice them in half when they defrost for our meal, so they are thin cutlets and these are fine for us. When I was making the full thick cutlet we couldn't finish them.

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  14. Marty, those onion rings look really good and so does the hamburger/cheese casserole. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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  15. Oh my! Both recipes look soooo good! I have a family of 6 so I love tips to stretch the groceries! Love the hamburger tip too!

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  16. I also went over your old post where the meat and pasta récipe is and left you a small note...hope you can read it sometime!
    Tks Marty!
    FABBY

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  17. A good, light batter is so hard to find for onion rings-and yours sound amazing! I can't wait to surprise hubby with a batch! Thanks for sharing, Marty!

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  18. Pinning this for the hubs. He loves onion rings and is pretty picky like you ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I must have the onion rings soon! They look delicious. xo

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  20. Hi Marty, great recipes and following you on pinterest.

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  21. Yummy. Do those recipes look good. Going to pin them and give them a try. I love onion rings!
    Cindy

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  22. Thanks so much Marty. I just LOVE onion rings. I have copied your recipe and will try it - they look so yummy. I am also going to try your hamburger casserole.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  23. Marty, those onion rings look really good and I have a giant bag of onions to use up.

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  24. LOVE onion rings but I never made them from scratch! MUST-try! Thanks Marty!

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  25. The onion rings look so yummy Marty and I do appreciate the tips. Hey, we can use all the help we can get! Hugs and blessings, cindy

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  26. I love onion rings but have never made my own. Thanks for the recipe! And, I have done the same thing with my hamburger too. It really does save money! Great post!

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  27. Both the onion rings and casserole look YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Marty,

    My husband is a fryer!!! He will love these onion rings. He hasn't found the right batter yet so this just might do the trick!!

    Thank you!

    Paula
    Locksley Lane

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  29. Hi, Marty, wow, love those onion rings. How many onions would you use for that amount of batter? Thanks! Love that casserole also!

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    1. I usually use about 5 or 6 onions. We love them and so does all of the family.

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  30. These look great!

    - The Tablescaper

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  31. Oh, Marty -- thanks so much for sharing both of these recipes at Tasty Tuesdays! We love onion rings, and the casserole sounds perfect for feeding a crowd, which I have. Pinning to the party board and my personal board! :)

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