I have a confession to make. And please don’t judge me.
I’m a reality TV addict. I’m an ABC Family junkie too, but let’s not go there today. In my opinion the trashier the reality TV show the better. I don’t waste time on semi-wholesome shows like The Apprentice or Survivor. No way! But I DVR all the guilty pleasures: Real World, Teen Mom, Real Housewives (all except DC and Miami – yuck!), 16 and Pregnant, etc. You name it, I watch it! But anyone who loves reality TV as much as I do (you know you’re guilty!) knows that the creme de la creme, the one and only Jersey Shore is the best. In honor of the premiere tonight I wanted to post one of Snooki’s favorites. Fried pickles.
For those of you who think Jersey Shore rots your brain, you’re probably right. But this show cracks me up so much that the rotten brain may be worth it. :-/
And Snooki was onto something with fried pickles. They’re fun to snack on and they’re surprisingly tasty. This recipe is basic–only 5 or 6 ingredients. I think throwing more seasonings into the batter would be good too. Perhaps chili powder or cayenne pepper for a bit of spice. Or garlic powder for extra flavor? Extra seasoning or not, you’ve got to try fried pickles at least once in your life, it might as well be for the season premiere!
Cabs Are Herreeee!
2 whole Dill Pickles, sliced into ½ inch rounds (we used Claussen)
1 cup beer
1 -2 cups flour
salt and pepper, to taste
Pour enough oil in a large skillet so that the oil is about 1-2 inches up the side of the pan. Or use a deep fryer if you have one. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
Slice pickles into ½ inch slices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the yolks and 3/4 cup beer. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Whisk in enough flour to form a batter. If the batter is too thick add the remaining beer to thin the batter.
Using tongs, dip pickles one at a time into the batter and then place in the heated oil. Fry pickles for about 2 minutes flipping the pickle after about 1 minute.
Place pickles on a plate lined with paper towel and season with salt. Serve with Ranch Dressing.
Source: Elizabeth’s Edible Experience