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Fried pickles are addictive and easy to make for any party or whenever a craving hits!

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Yesterday, we had a really early flight to Baton Rouge and the night before, we had talked about what time we should leave to head to my parent’s house in the morning. We had said that we should leave at 6am so we could be at my parent’s house by 630 so they could take us to the airport. I got those times mixed up and I thought we were leaving at 630, so I set our alarm for 545. Can you even imagine the panic that ensued when we woke up at 545 yesterday and realized we only had 15 minutes to get ready and make it out the door? Impressively, we got out the door in 20 minutes. This is number one reason why I make us pack the night before. I don’t think I could ever be one of those people who pack the morning of. I would be bound to forget something. I’m already a crazy anxious person on flight day, I can’t imagine trying to pack the day of!

We had a layover in Houston and it was going to be a 3 hour layover for a 1 hour flight. Such a bummer! But we looked on the monitor screens and noticed that there were 3 additional flights out to Baton Rouge way earlier than ours so we decided to chance it and ask to get on the standby list when we landed. We waited about 15 minutes and then found out we were able to get on! And, even better was that we were able to sit next to each other AND we were in the exit row. I was about to buy a lotto ticket ;) I’ve never done standby before and every time I see people who do standby, I get all nervous for them and pessimistic cause I never think they work out, but I guess they do! We arrived to our destination 2 hours early, which is super nice because we had more time to settle in before our long drive to Florida.

Since it’s Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d share some fried pickles with y’all! Who doesn’t love fried pickles? I LOVE dill pickles and even more when they’re fried. I’m not even pregnant and I will eat dill pickle spears straight out of the jar. I think fried pickles are the perfect snack/appetizer for Labor Day weekend when you’re grilling out. They’re really easy to whip together. Don’t be afraid of frying – it’s really not terrible! If you have a deep pot, it barely even splashes anywhere.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the last bit of summer!!

Fried Pickles
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snacks
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Serves: depends on your jar of pickles
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 16 oz. jar of dill pickle slices, drained and pat dry with paper towels
  • ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 quart canola oil, for frying
  • Thermometer, frying
  • Spider strainer, for frying
Instructions:
  1. Heat oil in a large deep pot (like a Le Creuset Dutch Oven) until temperature reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While oil is heating up, in a shallow bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, paprika, cayenne, and garlic powder.
  3. In small batches, coat pickle slices in cornmeal flour mixture and place on a baking sheet while you finish coating the rest.
  4. When ready place pickle slices in spider strainer and gently place in oil. You don’t want to put too many in at once, otherwise the oil temperature will drop. Do them in small batches. I think I did about 10-12 each time.
  5. Flip the pickle slices over after 3 minutes and fry the other side for another 3 minutes. You’re really looking to just get the pickle slices a light color brown.
  6. Place fried pickles on a plate with a paper towel to drain.
  7. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

 

40 COMMENTS

  1. 08/30/2013 at 8:13 am

    Now that is some lucky traveling!! Yay!! Always love when flying doe not totally suck!

    Love the fried pickles and they are the perfect labor or game day snack!

  2. 08/30/2013 at 9:00 am

    I love love love dill pickles, but have never tried to fry them at home! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  3. 08/30/2013 at 9:03 am

    You are such a jet setter! I love fried pickles, but have never made them at home. They are so crazy good! Hope y’all enjoy your time in Florida!

  4. 08/30/2013 at 9:13 am

    Glad standby was a positive experience, Julie! I love pickles…of any kind, really. Must make these soon for hubby as he adores the fried pickles served locally here at a pub. That cornmeal crunch looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Labor Day holiday weekend!

  5. 08/30/2013 at 9:25 am

    These sound like they’d be so darn addictive! Have a wonderful time in Florida : )

  6. 08/30/2013 at 9:56 am

    Fried pickles are so good and these look amazing!

  7. 08/30/2013 at 10:00 am

    Yum! These look amazing!

  8. 08/30/2013 at 10:21 am

    For all the cucumbers we grow that get turned into pickles I never made these, but that’s going to change in the next harvest batch!

  9. 08/30/2013 at 10:30 am

    Saw these on Pinterest first….OMG such a fun snack

  10. 08/30/2013 at 10:35 am

    I have never had one before- but I think you may have just pushed me to just do it already.

  11. 08/30/2013 at 10:35 am

    I am one of those overly anxious person too..Have a great labor day weekend. I am craving these now

  12. 08/30/2013 at 11:06 am

    I have heard of these at fairs, but never had one. I will give them a try as currently all I use my cornmeal for is the bottom of my baking stone for bread making!!

  13. 08/30/2013 at 11:19 am

    You are an evil genius my dear :)

  14. 08/30/2013 at 12:16 pm

    Not even kidding, I wanted these all of the time when I was pregnant with Pax! Haha! They’re sooooo good :) xoxo

  15. 08/30/2013 at 12:18 pm

    These could be dangerous!

  16. 08/30/2013 at 1:00 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! I love fried pickled but have never tried making them at home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. 08/30/2013 at 1:35 pm

    Fried pickles is seriously one of my favorite foods! Haha! Love them so much!

  18. 08/30/2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’ve only flown standby once and it was nice. I mean esp in your case, you were already there and just waiting to see if you could catch an earlier flight. Sometimes it totally works out! Also… I’ve always wanted to try fried pickles so I think you need to introduce these to me or me to them.

  19. 08/30/2013 at 1:41 pm

    MY. FAVORITE. FOOD. EVER.

  20. 08/30/2013 at 3:30 pm

    yay for exit rows and earlier flights and fried pickles!

  21. 08/30/2013 at 3:39 pm

    Fried Pickles are AMAZING. I need these in my life righthissecond.

  22. 08/30/2013 at 3:59 pm

    These are a big-time favorite in Austin! Yours look SO perfect, Julie. Crunchy, salty and tangy. Love it!

  23. 08/30/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Yes! Thanks for posting this, I cannot wait to try these. We often pair fried pickles with Jameson!

  24. 08/30/2013 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve never tried fried pickles but these look like one addictive snack!

  25. 08/30/2013 at 6:54 pm

    Holy pickles!!! These are too fun! (And GREAT photos!)

    Hope you and Jason have a fabulous weekend on vaca!

  26. 08/30/2013 at 8:30 pm

    Oh yum! I’ve never tried fried pickles, but can’t wait to! Happy weekend! xo

  27. 08/30/2013 at 10:07 pm

    Fried pickles became a love of mine when I lived in Nashville. Super YUM! BTW, you are SO close to me right now!! Baton Rouge is only 2 1/2 hours! But, you’re heading to FL??

  28. 08/30/2013 at 10:59 pm

    Eeeek!! I love fried pickles!! Hope you are having fun in Florida!

  29. 08/31/2013 at 2:48 pm

    Fried pickles are a staple around here. Yours look amazing!

  30. 09/01/2013 at 5:48 pm

    Oh are these ever our favorite!

  31. 09/02/2013 at 10:28 pm

    AH, I have such a soft spot for fried pickles. You brought the state fair right to my door Julie. D-lish!

  32. 09/02/2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’m so glad that your travel plans ended up working out! Yay! And these fried pickles look DELICIOUS. I wish I had some in front of me now. Thank you for sharing with me! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week.

    • 09/03/2013 at 8:02 am

      Thanks so much Monet! I hope you have a great rest of the week, too!

  33. 09/07/2013 at 11:37 am

    Fried pickles!! I just love this :) so perfect

  34. 09/09/2013 at 4:45 pm

    Wow, lucky flight! Also, YAY FOR FRIED PICKLES!!!

  35. Aaren Griffith
    09/09/2013 at 10:14 pm

    Loved these fried pickles. The hubby made them tonight so good!

    • 09/10/2013 at 7:05 am

      So glad you enjoyed these :) I love fried pickles!

  36. Liddy
    09/14/2013 at 11:40 am

    Do you have a good dipping sauce recipe for these? I’ve had fried pickles twice in restaurants, and I’ve loved the sauce, but don’t know exactly what the sauce ingredients were. Hope to try your recipe for the fried pickles soon and would love to have a sauce recipe to serve with it!

  37. 10/04/2013 at 12:12 am

    You crave pickles when you`re pregnant?! Omg, I`ll be in trouble. I love dill pickles already! Ahah. I would eat these all the time!

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