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If You Buy One Thing at Costco This Month, Let It Be This $7 Thanksgiving Staple

published Nov 1, 2023
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COSTCO on Raleigh Road. Headquartered in Issaquah, WA, Costco Wholesale Corp. is a membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide selection of merchandise.
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As a loyal Costco member (12 years and counting), I rely on the ease of bulk buying to carry me through the hectic fervor of the holidays. With the seasonal displays courting Costco’s customers even earlier this year, it’s time to focus on finding groceries I can pick up now that will make my holidays easier later. 

Thanksgiving arrives like clockwork on the fourth Thursday of the month, so it’s silly to wait until that week to pick up the dry goods needed to make a memorable holiday feast. Granulated sugar, frozen yeast rolls, and a jumbo bag of peeled garlic cloves are all part of my pre-Thanksgiving prep. Recently, I spotted something that will be the crowning glory to my favorite holiday side dish and so much more. I’m buying a one-and-a-half-pound bag of Fresh Gourmet’s Crispy Onions this month and so should you. Here’s why.

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What’s So Great About Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions?

I’ve never grabbed an ingredient so fast from the shelf — er, pallet — as I did when I saw this jumbo bag of crispy onions. I’m not kidding when I say that this bag of fried onions is one of the best things you can buy at Costco for Thanksgiving. Fresh Gourmet’s Crispy Onions are so savory, salty, crispy, and downright delicious that I can’t help but snack on them straight from the bag. Thankfully, the bag weighs in at one-and-a-half pounds, so there should be enough left for the holidays. 

What’s the Best Way to Use Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions?

It’s not Thanksgiving dinner at my house without a green bean casserole topped with crispy fried onions. I’ve made this old-fashioned dish more times than I can count — sometimes from scratch and sometimes using only store-bought shortcuts. What I never skip are the crispy fried onions. Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions are the secret to the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. They’ve got the flavor and crunch that no homemade recipe or technique can match (believe me, I’ve tried). 

Don’t stop at green bean casserole. You can use the crispy onions to add texture to this creamy chicken and gnocchi skillet dinner or this retro tuna-noodle casserole

Sprinkle the fried onions on top of salads in lieu of croutons. Upgrade your burger with both caramelized and crispy onions. Use the onions to top your tacos, or stuff them inside chewy rolls with Instant Pot porchetta, arugula, and pickled peppers. Scatter them over mashed potatoes and even over roasted Brussels sprouts. With so many ways to use these onions, I may have to buy another bag.

Find it in stores: Fresh Gourmet Crispy Onions, $6.99 for 24 ounces

What holiday staples are you buy at Costco this year? Tell us in the comments below.