Now, I’m not a huge fan of pickles. I’m not even a fan of fried pickles, but my husband loves them. We tried a similar recipe before but it just did not turn out right baking them in bread crumbs. So, we tried this recipe which uses Panko Bread Crumbs. First off, keep Panko in your pantry! We have since realized that there are a million recipes we have collected since getting married that would be better with Panko instead of cereals or other breading. It’s light, crisp, and tastes wonderful.
Back to the pickles… This recipe is very simple. It has a basic batter recipe with a variety of spices in it to give the pickles a punch. If you don’t want to invest in spices (cajun spice blend, hot sauce, etc.), just use what you have around or skip those spices. We do this often when we get down to making something and have forgotten to pick up a certain spice for whatever recipe. Has it ruined any recipe? NO! Just be creative and take mental notes about what tastes good in what. It really helps to build a mental repertoire of spices and blends that you can replicate from memory so you’re never lost when you’re out of what you need. We recommend any hot sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot). We also found it delicious dipped in Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch. I’m sure it will taste fantastic without any dip at all. It’s not too spicy made as is (we like it spicy so I always go crazy). We also used a shelf-stable version of pickles from Whole Foods Market. The original author does mention that the taste seems different when using different types/brands of pickles. We tried this recipe with seasoned pickles, which did detract slightly from the flavor of the batter. My husband also seemed to not like the actual texture of the pickles as much as those that are refrigerated. Something to consider for pickle connoisseurs.
Definitely try this delicious recipe for oven-fried pickles, and let us know what you think about it!
Oven-Fried Pickles. (Image borrowed from Prevention RD).