I'd like to preface this post by saying "No, Mom, I'm not pregnant."
I just wanted fried pickles for dinner.
It all started a few days ago with Alton Brown's pickle episode of "Good Eats". His frying method was so simple and easily veganizable (is that a word?)...I started craving them immediately.
So tonight, after a long day, I had fried pickles to look forward to!
First, I sliced up some of my homemade fermented pickles into thick slices and heated some oil in the cast iron skillet (about 1/2 inch deep).
Then I set up the 2 dipping bowls: In one I combined 1/4 cup nondairy milk and a heaping tablespoon of plain yogurt. In another, I combined 1 cup of cornmeal with a Cajun spice blend. I used a spice blend intended for crawfish boils that a good friend gave me! Do NOT add salt to the cornmeal- the pickles are plenty salty!
Dip each pickle slice in the yogurt/milk (basically a buttermilk substitute), then in the cornmeal. Then re-dip in the "buttermilk" and again in the cornmeal. The pickle should be thickly coated in cornmeal.
Carefully place in the hot oil and fry until browned on one side, then flip and finish browning on the other.
Have a landing pad ready for when the pickles come out of the frying pan- they need to drain any extra oil and cool a bit. I used a dishtowel that was okay to get grease stains on.