I don't like pickles. I pick them off of burgers, and hunt for them in sandwiches so I'm not caught off guard by their sour presence. So when someone (ahem, Jeanne) asked if I wanted to try fried pickles in a restaurant, I almost passed. Choosing to be polite/adventurous, I took one, took a timid bite and ... they were one of the best things I've eaten EVER.
Not finding them on many (actually any) restaurant menus in my area, I had to feed my ongoing craving for them somehow. So I found this recipe from Taste of Home to make them myself, and I've got to say they're pretty close the original goodness I tasted. They're a great party appetizer, but make plenty, because they'll go quickly.
Fried Dill Pickle Coins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cups thin dill pickle slices, drained
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- Ranch salad dressing, optional (but oh so good!)
- In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another bowl, beat eggs and milk. Blot pickles with paper towels to remove moisture.
- Coat pickles with flour mixture, then dip in egg mixture; coat again with flour mixture.
- In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°.
- Fry pickles, about 10 at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve warm with ranch dressing if desired.
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