It’s Friday, so you know what that means! Football food! I know that not everyone likes fried pickles. It’s kind of a “love it or hate it” dish. But my family (my dad in particular) LOVES fried pickles. They are an excellent appetizer to order while at a restaurant or bar watching football on TV. Dip those puppies in some ranch sauce and you’re ready for some top-notch football viewing.
The main problem with fried pickles is the fact that they are pretty terrible for you (like almost everything that’s fried). Then dipping them in Ranch dressing is delicious but also very high in fat and calories. This recipe is an oven-baked version of those greasy delights. I have to say though, that these do not taste as good as the fried ones. But duh, I mean anything would taste better fried! That being said, these were a pretty good substitute for the real thing. Just don’t go into it thinking they will taste the exact same…because they don’t.
Also, just so you are aware, these are rather tedious to make, having to dip every single pickle slice in flour, egg, and crumb mixtures. It takes some time, so just make sure you start prepping these well before game time. You don’t want to miss kickoff cuz you’re stuck in the kitchen!
All in all, these were good. But I’m not sure they were worth all the effort since they are not as good as the real fried pickles. That’s just my opinion though, maybe you would think they’re totally worth it to have a healthy version of your favorite appetizer!
Baked “Fried” Pickles
Source: Full Flavor Food
Makes: About 36
Jarred dill pickle slices (or 3 whole dill pickles which you can slice yourself)
1 c flour
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/4 c panko crumbs
1/2 c finely shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Pour flour into a shallow bowl, set aside. Stir together eggs and milk, set aside. Combine crumbs and cheese, set aside.
Take each pickle slice, dip in flour, then egg mixture, then crumb mixture, and place on a well greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining pickles.
Spray pickles with cooking spray.
Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until desired crispness.