My mom recently went on a trip with my dad and some friends on a road trip to a few restaurants from the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show. They had some yummy fried pickles apparently. A few days after they returned, my mom posted on her Facebook status that she really wanted some of the fried pickles. I decided that since I was going to go spend some time with my mom for a few days, I would make her some fried pickles and take them to her. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I didn’t get them made before we got to the beach, so we made them today. Aunt K was over and I brought all the ingredients with me so we got to work during nap time.
I found this recipe online at CopyKat. It is supposed to be a copykat of Hooters Fried Pickles, which is not where mom and dad had them but I figured the recipe would probably work okay.
8 cups vegetable oil
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
11 ounce jar hamburger dill pickle slices (I bought the wrong kind of pickles!! Whoops!)
2 cups buttermilk
Heat 8 cups of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a large pot. (Next time I plan to do this in the deep fryer, but we don’t have one at the beach house.)
Drain dill pickles in a colander and then place in a medium sized bowl with the 2 cups of buttermilk.
Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
Take a few of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge into the seasoned flour.
Shake off excess flour and place pickles into hot grease.
Don’t cook too many pickles at once or they won’t fry up crisp.
Fry pickle slices until golden brown.
Had I bought the right kind of pickles…these may have been better. Mom said they were okay…well actually I think she said something more like, ‘they aren’t horrible,’ but that’s alright. Aunt K liked them and it was a fun little afternoon project in the blah beach weather.