“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Onion „
These tesco finest beer battered onion rings are to die for! 10 / 10 top marks!
The onion inside these onion rings is of high quality and you can actually taste theres something inside as other onion rings seem to be a little bland but not these! The beer batter itself tastes very appetising in my opinion. The onion rings take around 20 mins to cook in my oven ( 10 mins for each side ) and are mostly large in size, though you do find some disappointing small ones in each bag. They go a little crispy - nothing worse than soggy onion rings. Almost always on promotion aswell so saving us our pennies in this recession. They are also widely available as even the tesco garages in my area sell these so thata another bonus! They go with most foods aswell, though I think they make a nice addition to burgers on cobs with a slice of cheese on too. Really a versatile product in my opinion and I recommend these for everyone to try! They are even suitable for kids as my 5 y.o daughter and friends and family all love these too :)
Last night I went madly hungry at about 1am, I didn't want anything too major so put some of these onion rings in from Tesco. They're part of the Finest range and are Beer Battered Onion Rings.
They're yummy and easy the best frozen onion rings I've had, not as good as from the chippy down the road but still mega delish! Lol Most of the onion rings in the bag are big but there are a few smaller ones, I actually preferred the little ones because they had got more batter on them and had a lovely squishy texture.
The onion in these onion rings is cut into rings and not all mashed up inside the batter like most onion rings. I like that about them because it proves they've used real onion and not some mush with onion powder mixed in to give it flavour! The onion taste sinks into the batter with these onion rings and makes the whole of the onion ring taste rich and tangy. I think the onions have got a bit of a sweet flavour and I love that, the onion rings don't taste sweet..... it's just a hint of it, you know??? Lol
The batter is yummy. If you cook them for 10 mins like it says on the bag you'll get the batter light and crispy, don't overcook them though because they go hard proper quick even if you just leave them in a couple of minutes too long. The batter isn't greasy and even though the onion rings leave a bit of grease on the baking tray they don't taste oily at all.
I think these onion rings are wicked, there's nothing to not like about them! I had about 6 on my plate and they're big enough to be quite filling for a snack, we've had them before with a steak dinner like you get in the pub and they were nice on that too.
This bag cost £1.50 and I don't think that's bad because you get quite a lot in the bag. I've been a pig tonight because most times I'd only have 2 or 3 onion rings on my plate and so would everyone else in the house, that means a bag would last the whole family for at least 2 meals and that doesn't sound so expensive! Lol
I wouldn't have bought these onion rings if it weren't for the fact that they were reduced to £1 in my local Tesco and also the fact that I needed to spend just an extra 98p on my shopping bill to take advantage of a £10 off a £30 shop voucher, these were basically the first thing I saw when I realised I needed to buy something else so I threw them into the trolley.
I am so glad I did though, Tesco Finest have produced the best quality frozen onion rings available in my opinion - I would even go so far as to say that these are preferable to those in my local steak house as when cooked in the oven they are not as greasy and taste absolutely delicious.
The onion rings cook in just ten minutes leaving me with a golden batter and the delicious scent of onion pervading the kitchen. They do stick a little to the baking tray but this isn't really a problem as with a little careful effort you will be able to lift them without tearing the batter from the onion too much, or you can counteract this completely by using a non-stick baking tray or failing that a sheet of tin foil across your baking tray should help.
After cooking I was surprised at how light and moist the batter was, it's impressive I think that a frozen product should have such a very good batter. There is a slight (a very slight) crunch as I bite through the batter but this soon changed to a softer consistency which tasted of an airy and well made batter but had also soaked up some of the flavour of the onion.
The onion itself is one large ring rather than the chopped onion that seems to fill a lot of supermarket onion rings, this is much better in my opinion and makes the onion rings feel like those you eat when in a pub or restaurant. I love the fact that I can actually taste the onion in these, my most recent purchase of frozen onion rings was from Morrisons and I found them to be terribly sweet and oily tasting to the point of there being barely a hint of onion in the overall flavour which is surely defeating the object of onion rings!
I usually serve these onion rings as an accompaniment to steak or fish (with or without chips, depending on how my diet is going on that particular day!) and have also eaten a few as a snack when I've been peckish. I tend to add a little salt and vinegar to them although really the onion rings are perfectly seasoned themselves, it's just that I like to add a little extra zing to my food. The onion rings are quite large and therefore filling whether eaten alone or as part of a meal, a 100g serving will provide you with 290 calories and 1.9g of saturated fat which isn't terribly bad although I do tend to have to rein myself in when it comes to these as I think I could manage the whole 375g bag quite easily.
In these credit crunch times, i'm sure i'm not the only one to find myself upgrading my "eat in" menus so that we don't eat out so much. As a result, a good steak supper on a saturday night is starting to be a regular fixture, and these delicious onion rings are one of the keys to making it "just as good as the steakhouse".
A 375g bag costs about £1.50. As they're frozen, and you only need a handful per person for each meal, the bag lasts for ages. I also really like the packaging, which is smart and simple and features a bowl of perfectly cooked, mouthwatering onion rings.
You do need to pay attention to the package instructions. For oven cooking, exactly as it says - a properly preheated oven at at least 220 degrees, cook from frozen and allow plenty of space around each ring on a baking tray, AND make sure you turn them half way through the cooking time. After 10 minutes, you should have a perfectly crisp trayful - although i must admit, one or two always stick a bit which is annoying, as they don't look quite so perfect once they've been persuaded away from the baking tray. I have never dared buy a deep frier (visions of giving in to cravings and cooking chips every meal for six months) but for those who have, these rings can also be deep fried and i would imagine that the results would probably be even better. If you DON'T follow the instructions, you WILL get some combination of soggy / burned / completely stuck on food - and the margin between crisp and burned is quite narrow!
So, the all important taste test. Well, I have to admit that i can't really taste the beer - "Ale" is listed in the batter ingredients, but i'm guessing not all that much of it. However, i believe that the beer is intended to improve the texture of the batter, making it crispier and lighter, as much as the taste, and it certainly does that. The onion rings are lightly coated in a tasty, reasonably crispy batter, just greasy enough to be satisfying. There's generally a good quantity of actual onion inside, and these actually are rings, not the reformed chopped up onion that you sometimes get. So, i'm taking one star off because they're not idiot proof - I do occasionally end up with a soggy batch through not timing carefully enough, or cramming them onto the tray - but I think these are are a great way to make your TV dinner feel more "bistro" than "bisto"!