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Fried Pickles with Spicy Remoulade

Fried Pickles with Spicy Remoulade

Fried pickles with spicy remoulade are easy, if a bit messy, to make. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Note: Not all pickles are created equal. Generally speaking, the ones that sit on the shelf aren't up to the task, given they lack the crispness needed to go the distance.

Fried Pickles with Spicy Remoulade

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 4 servings
Active time:30
Total time:1 1/2 hours
Special equipment:Deep-fryer
This recipe appears in: Bar Bites: Fried Pickles with Spicy Remoulade

Ingredients

  • For the Pickles:
  • 2 cups kosher dill pickles (about 4 pickles), drained and sliced, plus 1 tablespoon pickling liquid, divided
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons cayenne, divided use
  • 1 gallon vegetable oil for deep-frying
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  • For the Remoulade:
  • ¾ cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
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  • For the Breading:
  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup finely crushed saltine crackers, about ¾ of a sleeve
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
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Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine pickles, buttermilk, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, Worcestershire and 1 teaspoon cayenne in a resealable container. Marinate in refrigerator until pickles are very cold and infused with flavor, about 1 hour.

  2. 2

    While pickles are marinating, combine mayonnaise, mustard, reserved pickle juice, remaining 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, remaining ¼ teaspoon cayenne and green onion in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. 3

    Combine flour, crackers, onion powder, black pepper and salt in a large bowl. Lightly beat eggs until frothy in separate, small bowl.

  4. 4

    Preheat vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven. Remove pickles from refrigerator and drain in a colander. Dip pickles in eggs, and plunk them in the flour mixture, taking care to thoroughly coat them. Shake off excess breading. Fry in batches until golden, 3-5 minutes.

  5. 5

    Remove with a slotted spoon and set on paper towels to drain. Serve immediately with remoulade for dipping.

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