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Crispy Fried Pickles

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These fried pickles would make a fabulous Southern style appetizer for any special get-together, and they taste great with a sauce made with Ranch dressing and barbecue sauce.
This recipe is from Okie Dokies Smokehouse in Swannanoa, North Carolina

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chill: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dill pickle chips, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups 1.5% low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. mild barbecue sauce
  • Canola oil
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. barbecue seasoning

Preparation:

Place pickle chips in a large bowl. Pour buttermilk over chips. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Meanwhile, stir together the dressing and barbecue sauce in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large deep skillet. Heat over high heat to 375° F.

Meanwhile, pour pickle mixture through a strainer over a bowl, discarding buttermilk. Whisk together the flour and barbecue seasoning in a large bowl until blended.

Add half of the pickles to flour mixture, tossing to coat, remove pickles from flour mixture with a slotted spoon, shaking off excess. Fry pickles 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Repeat procedure with remaining pickles and flour mixture.

Serve pickles with sauce.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Recipe from Southern Living Off The Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes That Made Them Famous
Reprinted with permission.

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