“Fried” Pickles with Homemade Sirracha Ranch

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I long for the days when I had no expenses and my biggests decisions in life were what I was going to wear to school tomorrow, or which pool I was going to park my butt at all day. Although I’ve always been a very anxious and stressed-out person by nature, the things I worried about then seriously make me laugh today.

Not being able to stay out past my 11:30 p.m. curfew? My world was over.

Having to go to church on Sundays? Meanest parents ever.

Who was going to drive me to school so I didn’t have to take the bus? Panic-inducing

The one thing in my life then, that was actually a somewhat more real forecast of my grown-up life yet to come, was my job as an acrobat teacher. I had real responsibilities and made real money – kids depended on me and looked up to me. Looking back I can’t believe I scored the job, and that my boss and owner of the company, Miss Maria trusted a 16-year old with her students. I think maybe I was a bit immature to have that kind of responsibility at such a young age, but heck, when I was 12 years old I acted like I was 18 – I always wanted to be grown up, so having a job that really held me accountable was something I relished.

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I made pretty good money for a teenager at the time, and because my parents provided me with shelter, food and clothing, I always had oodles of money leftover to spend on whatever my little heart desired. (Well, if felt like oodles at the time.) I always tried to save half of it (thanks Dad!), but the rest was spent solely on eating out.

I’m not sure who I thought I was back then, because while most teenagers were stuffing their faces with Big Macs or Hot & Ready pizzas, my girlfriends and I were going to nice restaurants and ordering $25 steaks with the full shebang — appetizers, entree and dessert. One time, we even went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for our Christmas gift exchange and pretended like we belonged in the sea of businessmen and couples twice our age, when in reality we were just four children who weren’t even old enough to order a drink.

Even with the plethora of disposable income, I still wonder how on earth we afforded it all.

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Anyways, when I wasn’t ordering filet mignons, crab legs, or being generally ridiculous, one of my very favorite things to get were fried pickles — lots and lots of fried pickles.

Another testament to my older age — I can no longer consume a bucketful of fried pickles as my teenage self once did.

BUT, I can eat baked “fried” pickles by the bucketful.

I can, and I will.

So I did.

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When I made these sweet potato chips the other day, it sparked a little bit of a craving for more lightened up football fare, and then my mind immediately went to my beloved fried pickles.

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These could seriously not be any easier.

First off, I use Claussen pickles — always. I prefer this brand over any pickle I’ve ever tried, and, no, this is not a sponsored post, I just truly love these.

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I sliced whole pickles into about 1/8 inch slices and then coated them in a little bit of flour to soak up the moisture, then into some egg white and finally into a little seasoned panko. The key to making these super crispy, is a screaming hot oven, and to place the breaded pickles on a greased cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet. I spray them with a little bit of olive oil spray and then bake until golden brown and super crispy.

Of course with any fried food, you have to have a dipping sauce, right? I prefer a ranch based sauce with my fried pickles, but wanted a little spice to contrast the salty pickle flavor, so i just fussed up my homemade ranch recipe (sorry for the terrible pictures!) with a little bit of sirracha.

Simple, easy and so perfect for football watching.

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"Fried" Pickles with Homemade Sirracha Ranch
 
*This makes A LOT of ranch, you can either double the pickle recipe or had the ranch recipe OR save the extra sirracha ranch for something else! (This is what I did)
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Serves: Makes about 36 pickles
Ingredients
Pickles:
  • 3 pickles, sliced in ⅛ inch slices
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg white + 1 tablespoon water
Sirracha Ranch:
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • ¼ cup + ⅛ cup low fat mayo (I found that for my taste ½ cup was too much and ¼ was too little, start with a ¼ cup and see how you like the consistency; add more if needed)
  • 1½ tablespoons minced green onion
  • ½ tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley
  • 1 very small garlic clove grated (if cloves are large only use half)
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon + ⅛ teaspoon dill weed
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sirracha
Instructions
Pickles
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a a baking sheet with a cooling rack and spray with olive oil spray.
  2. On a plate, combine panko, garlic powder and onion powder. Place flour on another plate. In a shallow bowl whisk together egg white and water.
  3. Coat pickles in flour,remove excess, then dunk in egg white mixture and then into the panko. Place on cooling rack.
  4. Spray pickles with olive oil spray and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Sirracha Ranch
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Chill.

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Comments

  1. My hubby loveloveloves fried pickles and I love that these are “fried” pickles that are actually baked! And paired with homemade sriracha ranch sauce? My tastebuds are doin’ a happy dance!

  2. My wife would totally go bonkers over this recipe… she LOVES pickles. Obsessed is probably the right word. And I’m totally digging the sriracha ranch thing. YUM!

    Just a side FYI Nicole, I think something happened in the recipe… it’s missing the “instructions” and I think some of the ingredients in the Sriracha Ranch?

  3. My husband and I both like to eat pickles with our potato chips so your late two posts would be a big hit in our house.

  4. These look so yummy!! I’ve never had a fried pickle, but I’ve always been so intrigued. I bet the tanginess is wonderful with the srirarcha ranch.

  5. These look amazing!! I can’t believe they are baked and not fried! What a great idea. And that dipping sauce – yum!!

  6. We LOVE pickles in our house. But I’ve never fried them yet. What the heck am I waiting for? These look awesome!

  7. haha I love this. It makes me laugh too when I think about some of the stuff I did / was concerned with when I was a kid : ) I’ve never liked plain pickles but fried pickles … absolutely! A baked version sounds amazing … esp with that sriracha ranch! PS there are no instructions!!

  8. Holy amazingness. Can I come to your house and watch football?!
    You are making some pretty awesome appetizers there, sister. I can only imagine how good these taste!
    Oh, and that’s impressive that you landed a job like that at 16. I’d say you deserved to eat out as much as you wanted! But it’s nice to have the wise parents to make us save a little.

  9. not only do the pickles look great but that dip!!! perfect, perfect, perfect :)

  10. Sorry to bother you! What temp is your oven, and how long do you bake? I couldn’t find the info in the recipe. Thank you!

  11. Fried pickles are the best! Love this healthier baked version. We didn’t know how good we had it as kids did we? I get easily stressed out too, especially being a mom.

  12. Can’t wait to try this!!!

    Is that right? Bake them on a cooling rack? Do I transfer them to a baking sheet first, after the cooling rack step?

    • Yes! If you bake them on a cooling rack, it lets the heat get to every part of the pickle, making sure each bite is super crispy! Just put the cooling rack on top of the baking sheet, spray the cooling rack with non-stick spray and then lay the pickles on the cooling rack. You can stick the whole thing in the oven. Does that make sense?

  13. Hey, I would LOVE to make this recipe but I don’t have a cooling rack… (college kid here!). Are there any alternatives to a cooling rack that would make these crispy?

    • Tessa, you could just use some parchment paper instead! Try flipping them halfway through baking, just to make sure they get crisp on both sides!

    • Tessa — you could just use parchment paper. Just make sure you flip the pickles about halfway though baking to ensure they are crispy on both sides. Let me know how they turn out!

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