Confession my favorite food is kind of a weird one. It's been my favorite since I was a kid and to this day I can never get enough of.......PICKLES.
I don't know why but for me they are the best thing ever! Now that there are all sorts of gourmet pickle companies selling their products in grocery stores I am on cloud nine. (I even gave them out as favors at our wedding.)
About 10 years ago I was at a bar with my girlfriend and she asked me if I wanted to split some fried pickles. I said no way who would fry a pickle. She insisted and ordered them to share. Since then I can't get enough.
Here's my go to recipe for a fried pickle fix. These are perfect when your having friends over to watch a game, BBQ or any event. I mean how much better can it get than a fried pickle.
- 1cup of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of your favorite beer
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- Approximately 30 pickle slices (I prefer to buy whole size Mcclure's pickles and cut them into thick chips)
- 2 inches of canola or vegetable oil for frying
- Pat all of your pickles dry with paper towels. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk all of your dry ingredients together. Whisk in egg and beer.
- Dip pickles (about 5 at a time) in batter and then drop into your heated oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes and then flip so they brown on all sides. Total cooking time shouldn't be more than 3 minutes.
- Transfer pickles to a paper towel to soak up some of the grease.
Best if eaten right away while they are still warm on the inside
Dip them in this yummy Chipotle Mayo
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 4 medium canned chipotle chiles in adobo; seeds scraped out
- 4 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can
- Juice of one lime
- In a small food processor or using a hand blender, add 1 cup mayonnaise, 4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, 4 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can the chipotles came in and the juice of one lime.
- Blend until completely smooth.