Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fried Pickles!

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.

I mixed up a little extra Cajun spices with some Veganaise and plain yogurt for a fun dipping sauce, but they really did't need any! These are ridiculously quick, easy and the ultimate salty, fried food!


mollyjade said...

Alton Brown has a pickle episode? I have got to find that.

Michelle said...

Whoa. I have never ever thought to fry a pickle. Holy delicious! I just started making homemade pickles this summer too. Must try!

Jen Treehugger said...

Hell YES! Now I want me some fried Pickle.
Happy Mofo'ing.

Steffi said...

sounds like a plan to me.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha--it sounds like something you would get at the state fair! Well, if you put it on a stick, that is...:-)


Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Woah. I'm suddenly wondering why I've never had fried pickles before.

Anonymous said...

Fried pickles ????

at first I was "whoa, how icky IS that?" then I remembered fried pickled chilis and I started to think "oi, that's inneresting , to say the least" and now I'm all "want, need, MUST HAVE NOWWWWW!!!!!!"

and no, I', not pregnant, either.

Fried pickles, - sound like pure genius to me !

Bex said...

Fried pickle! how have I never thought of/tried/heard of this?!?! I've had pickle pizza and loved it. Nom nom

laura said...

i've had battered and fried pickles, which are tasty, but i'm intrigued by yours. almost a fried green tomato-like coating. mmmmmmm....

Debra said...

These look sooooo good!

Seitan Said Dance said...

Those look amazing. I will definitely try this. Everyone keeps telling me about fried pickles and I haven't been able to have them yet (they're not vegan where they go). My time is now! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Miss Anderson said...

I'm so excited to see this wheat-free, dairy-substituted fried pickle recipe! I'm trying it out this evening. Thank you.