Another lovely recipe inspired by my sweet Husband!
As I have mentioned before... he isn't much of a cook. He makes bean dip, he can do bacon and eggs... on occasion you'll even see him whip up some pancakes or waffles.... but when it comes to frying foods.... He is my Fry Daddy!
He really knows his stuff about deep fat frying. His fried foods are do die for! And they will kill you... eventually.
If he cooked we would be living off panko crusted chicken tenders (fried) and beer battered everything!
Luckily... I do the majority of the cooking so no heart attacks for us... knock on wood!
Now... if you have never had fried pickles... crawl out from under your rock and fry those babies up.
You really don't know what you have been missing!
I've been quite obsessed with them since my pregnancy with Madelyn last summer. A friend of ours owns a bar/club in Manchester. We went to visit him shortly after they opened and his head cook was experimenting with different fried pickle recipes... guess who got to be his taste tester! ME. Oh man I've never eaten so many pickles or fried things in one sitting.... it was every pregnant girls dream!
After that visit to Jokers (that's the name of the bar) I had fried pickles on the brain and set Hubs to work frying whatever kinds we had in the fridge up.
We have done bread crumb coatings, batters, we have tried using sandwich slices, hamburger slices, spears, gherkins, dill, sweet, spicy... any type you can think of.
After so many experimental batches (tough life eating so many yummy fried pickles!) I've come up with what I think is the perfect way to make them....
One is... the bread and butter hamburger sliced pickle. These are those thin quarter sized pickles that are super sweet and awesome... then the 2nd... Kosher Dill Gherkins. Both dipped into a spiced up beer batter.
Beer Battered Fried Pickles
1 16 oz jar of your favorite pickle (I used 8 oz bread and butter 8 oz kosher dill)
1 cup of your favorite beer (I used Corona Light because that's what I had on hand)
1/2 tbs of baking powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
48 oz of hot oil heated to 375 degrees either in a fryer or in a large dutch oven/pot.
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.
Dip your pickles in THIS dip... you can thank me later!
*Best if eaten right away.... other wise they will get soggy.