Smoky and slightly spicy fried pickles take on a new life! Tangy ranch flavors are combined with chipotle chile powder for a twist on a classic county fair dish. A crispy breadcrumb coating make these fried pickles perfect for an appetizer or snack, whether for the big game day, a party, BBQ, or summer grill event.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Football, Game Day, Vegetarian
In a large nonstick skillet, heat the LouAna Peanut Oil over medium-low heat. The oil should be 1/2" deep. Heat until the oil reads 360-375F.
While the oil is heating, prepare the pickles by first dabbing them with a paper towel to remove most of the moisture.
In a small bowl, combine all of the batter ingredients and whisk together.
In another small bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, 2 tsp chipotle chile powder, and 1/2 tsp ranch dip mix. Whisk together.
Using a fork, dredge each pickle in the batter. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to shake off most of the excess batter.
Transfer to the breadcrumb bowl and toss to coat.
When the oil has reached 360-375, fry the pickles in smaller batches. Too many pickles will cause the oil temperature to drop and they will not cook properly.
Fry until they are a golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Remove and set on paper towels to drain. Wait for the oil to heat back to the 360-375F range before adding the next batch. The exact size of your pickles will determine how many you cook at a time, but I used large oval shaped pickles approximately 2" wide and cooked 5-8 at a time.
Continue the dredging and frying process until all pickles are cooked.
Combine the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
Serve the pickles with the dipping sauce immediately.
36 pickle slices was approximately 1/2 of a 24 oz jar for me. The exact size and shape will change the amount of batter you need to cover them.This recipe makes enough batter for an entire jar of pickles. If you want to make more, simply keep the batter recipe the same but increase the amount of pickles and breadcrumb mixture.The larger the pickle, the thinner the batter ratio will be.