Baked (Not Fried) Pickles


I love pickles! Preferably these zesty dill ones.   I discovered a few year back that restaurants were taking these normally sandwich side items and frying them making them even more irresistible.  Snookie and I were really happy about this news.

If I could eat anything I wanted, then I would down these guys anytime I was craving them, but I can’t because I am like the majority folks with a normal metabolism.  So, if I cant eat these guys fried, then lets bake them. 

Adapted from The Vanilla Tulip
Makes 6 servings.

1 jar pickle slices (hamburger style; strained; separate from juice)
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce (I used Franks)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Turn oven broiler on high.  In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and flour. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well.

Place panko bread crumbs in a dish. Dunk each pickle slice into the egg mixture, fish out with a fork than dredge it in the panko bread crumbs.

Spray rack with non-stick cooking spray and place coated pickles on a rack set above a baking sheet.  Make sure to place the pan in the middle rack of the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes on each side.  Keep an eye on them.  The broiler is your friend and your foe.

I made a side sauce by mixing equal parts mayo (actually Miracle Whip), ketchup, and little squirt of spicy grain mustard.  Yummy!

I ended up using the remainder of the mixture to make baked chicken strips.  I use chicken tenderloins and baked them in the oven instead of using the broiler.

The “fried” pickles and the chicken tenderloins felt like a cheat meal but without all the guilt.

<3 MK

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