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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Fried Pickles

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fried Pickles

The funniest things happen when you're on Twitter.

Just the other night I was on there, and somehow the topic of Sonic was brought up and the fact that I've never been to one (no, I haven't.  A moment of silence, please).  And either Shell or Kim brought up the fried pickles they sell.  I think it was Kim.  Shell was too busy taunting me with cherry limeade or whatever it is that I've never drank but which is supposedly the nectar of the gods or something but I'm not bitter or anything.

Jealousy aside, my curiosity was piqued.  Fried pickles, you say?

I knew we had to be together, fried pickles and I.  It was meant to be.

So I started looking through recipes for fried pickles and found one that I liked on - or rather, in the comments section (the first comment).  Battering sounded to me like the way to go.  So that's what I did.  Of course I made my own alterations to the ingredient list - don't I always?

They weren't the prettiest things I've ever created but boy were they delicious.  So delicious, in fact, that I ate...almost all of them over the course of the day.  In other news, I never want to see another fried pickle again.  

At least, not until I forget how sick I felt afterwards.

Fried Pickles

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 jar dill pickles (I used 24 oz, you could use more)
1 cup vegetable oil for deep frying (Or more - I made sure I had 2 -3 inches of oil in the pan)
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour oil in pan or fryer.  Heat to 365 degrees F.  (I used my meat thermometer up to 300 degrees, then dropped bits of batter into oil to check how it fried.  Maybe not the most scientific way to go about it, but it worked)

While oil is heating, pour pickles into a strainer and drain liquid.  Lay pickle spears on paper towels and dry as thoroughly as possible.

In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients with flour and spices.  Drop a bit of batter into oil once heated and taste to test spices, adjusting batter as needed.

Dip spears into batter, making sure to coat thoroughly.  Carefully drop into hot oil and fry until golden, making sure to turn over to ensure even frying.  This will only take a few minutes at a time.

Carefully remove fried pickles from oil and drain on paper towels.  Immediately sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Next time I'll dredge and fry to instead of battering to see the difference.  I was really satisfied with the way these turned out - as is evidenced by the number I ate.  Sigh.

Have you ever eaten fried pickles? What did you think?

Sharing with House of Hepworths, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Designs by Gollum, Simply Sweet Home, 504 Main, A Southern Fairytale & Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - stop on by to see what everyone else has come up with this week!



Blogger Dr. Alice said...

I ate fried pickles when I was visiting a friend in Louisiana. One of the best things I have ever eaten... but a few go a LONG way. (The sodium alone! These things will make you want to drink a gallon of water.) I've never tried to make them myself, but someday I will give it a shot.

February 10, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Blogger Tina said...

I found your blog thru Mz Helens.
My family and I love fried Dill Pickles. I had a recipe for Fried Dill Pickles published in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook. Give it a try if you'd like and see what you think!
You have a new follower!

February 10, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Blogger Denise said...

I've never had fried pickles before either. Didn't even know they had them at Sonic. But I have had plenty of cherry limeades and you are definitely missing out.

February 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew Sonic had fried pickles! I've never had fried pickle spears...only slices and I think I'd prefer slices otherwise the batter to pickle ratio will be off. I plan on frying some veggies sometime this week so I may need to add pickles.

♥ SailorWifey

February 10, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Blogger Miriam said...

You've caught my attention! Fried pickles are one of my favorite appetizers, thanks for another great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

February 10, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Blogger Shell said...

I'm only guilty of talking about the cherry limeades. I've never tried a fried pickle!

February 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Blogger Gigi said...

I had fried pickles for the first time somewhere recently, and they were awesome!!!!

have you tried making your own dill pickles? I blogged about it over the summer, really good!

February 10, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Blogger Liz said...

OMG - fried pickles are to DIE for! I never had them until moving to the South. But can I tell you a secret? Frying them as slices instead of spears will improve the fried pickle experience immensely!

Twitter is so great, especially when it comes to food!

February 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Blogger HollyC said...

Oh, I love fried pickles! But, I live in the South so I pretty much like everything fried!! LOL! Have you ever had fried biscuits with syrup? That's a treat!! Thanks for sharing...I've got to make these for my daughter. I've visiting from Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday.

February 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Anonymous I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Hi! I'm here from 31dbbb ;-) I've always wanted to try fried pickles! My mouth is kind of watering for them right now. I love that Twitter led you to this. I also really like how you asked readers questions at the end of the post to encourage comments.

I'm going to go grab a regular pickle from the fridge to satisfy my craving for the moment ;-)

February 10, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Blogger viewfromdownhere said...

Oh, I LOVE fried pickles...horrible for you, but damn, they taste so good!

February 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Anonymous Brandie@thecountrycook said...

Fried pickles are da bomb. Yes, I said, da bomb. lol I like your recipe for them too - yum!!

February 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Blogger Miz Helen said...

Hi Jen,
Oh have found my heart with your wonderful fried pickles. I wish I could have a plate full of them right now. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

February 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Ooo I am a BIG fan of fried pickles. I love them.

February 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Blogger Melissa said...

I love fried pickles! There's a place by me that sells them, but they're only open in the summer. Now I can make my own! :)

February 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Anonymous Tapping World Summit said...

I never tried fried pickles either but I think it's fun to eat pickles this way. Gotta try it over the weekend.

February 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Blogger Melynda said...

I love pickles, and I love fried food. My guess is, I would love these!

February 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Blogger Natalie said...

Come on, fried pickles? Really? I'm SO in! I would probably eat all of them in one myself! Yep, I'm a fan of the pickle for sure :)

Sorry I haven't been around in awhile - things are crazy to say the least. But I appreciate your comments and I'm trying to get myself back on track!

February 10, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Anonymous pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I had fried pickles at Buffalo Wild Wings. I liked them. They were dill pickle chips, though, and I was sharing, so no worries about over indulging. This recipe looks really good. I may just give it a try with the pickle chips as their small size would mean I could fry them in a pan rather than dragging out the industrial-size deep fryer that we bought, heaven knows why.

February 11, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Blogger Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Ooh thanks for sharing this recipe. My husband loves fried pickles we've gotten at restaurants. I will have to make these for him.

February 11, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Blogger heartnsoulcooking said...

My young son who is 22 yrs old always makes fried pickles. Need to share this recipe with him.

February 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Blogger The Zany Housewife said...

I'm the guilty party that introduced the idea of the fried pickle. lol. I STILL need to make mine over the next few days. I can't seem to beat this cold.

I never thought to do it in spears as I have eaten them in slices. I have a jar of whole pickles that I'm going to slice and pat down so they don't get soggy. Did you have any soggy pickle issues?

February 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Blogger Holly said...

My mouth is watering! I love anything with pickles. My favorite sandwich...;pickles and cheese!

February 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

I LOVE fried has probable been 15 years since I had some...gonna have to make these!

February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Blogger Karen said...

I've never had fried pickles before, but I Love dill pickles and have a couple of kidlets who would eat them at every meal, if I let them. :> Soooo..I can imagine it would be a hit here and not hard to convert to GFCF (gluten/casein free)! :> Thanks for the share!

February 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my...pass the ranch dressing...

February 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Anonymous Miel Abeille said...

I really don't need to add another fried food to my rotation, but good GAWD this is making my mouth water!

February 16, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Blogger Poppy said...

I'm of the mind that anything fried has to taste good though I've never been to Sonic either and never heard of a fried pickle. Definitely sounds interesting!

February 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Blogger Teaching Tiny Tots said...

I tried fried pickles for the first time about a month ago...they tasted pretty good but I felt like I ate a whole jar!
That recipe looks good...going to try it soon. :)

February 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Blogger Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Hold the phone. Why does their Sonic sell Fried Pickles and none of mine do?!? waaaaa. So not fair! But I'm glad you posted this recipe so now I can at least have them at home. So yummy dipped in Ranch.

February 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Blogger From Tracie said...

Fried Pickles are amazingly yummy! I seriously love them.

The sad thing? In the state where I live, Sonic does not sell them. WHY!?

I might have to give your recipe a try...then I can have them anytime I want them. YUM!

February 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Blogger Ms. Michalek said...

I told my husband recently that I would REALLY love to taste a fried pickle. He looked at me like "what the heck have you been smoking?" and just blamed it on my pregnancy hormones! It took me 5 minutes to explain that they actually DO exist and are known to be quite good! Still can't wait to try!!

February 20, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Anonymous Michelle Steiner said...

Okay,, after talking with Nathan, I'm going to have to try these, right after I get some more pickles from my garden done. What could be better, home made fried pickles from the ground up! lol

February 20, 2011 at 9:58 PM


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