It sounds sorta silly, doesn’t it? I mean, who fries pickles? Aren’t pickles delicious enough on their own?
Well, they are indeed very delicious. I can’t argue with you there. However, if you don’t understand why pickles should be fried…it’s probably because you’ve never eaten a fried pickle. I too used to be a naysayer.
Then I ate one. Then I ate an entire jar’s worth. And the world will never be the same.
And really, when you think about it…chicken is good, but popcorn chicken is excellent. And fried dough rolled in powdered sugar, aka beignets? Pretty much so-good-you-could-die amazing. So really, is it so unthinkable that pickles would be totally delicious when fried?
These pickles are reminiscent of the ones I’ve eaten at Buffalo Wild Wings. There’s cornmeal in the coating, to give it a little extra crunch and texture, just like at the restaurant. The dipping sauce is my own creation, though – I can’t resist a little dill and horseradish action.
Two things to remember: One, drain and dry the pickles thoroughly before coating. Two, make sure whenever you’re frying anything that the oil is hot enough – otherwise the oil will soak into what you’re frying and instead of crispiness you’ll end up with oiliness.
And no one likes an oily pickle.
Pour oil in pan or fryer. Heat to 365 degrees F, or until a crust of bread floats to the top when dropped into the oil.
While oil is heating, pour pickles into a strainer and drain liquid, then lay in single layer on paper towels and pat dry.
Beat eggs together in a bowl. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl or shallow dish.
When oil is ready, dip pickles into eggs and dredge through cornmeal mixture, coating thoroughly. Carefully drop pickles into oil and fry until golden brown, turning if necessary.
Remove fried pickles with slotted spoon or tongs and drain on paper towels. Serve with dipping sauce, if desired.
Horseradish Dill Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients and allow to sit, refrigerated, for 30 minutes prior to serving.