Beer Battered Fried Pickles
Let's make some Fried Pickles, but let's make them even better with some Beer Batter! It's basically a savory donut with a pickle in the middle!
I'm not sure at what point Fried Pickles made their way into my life, but I do know it happened way too late. I should've been eating these since birth, but better late than never!
Fried Pickles aren't usually Beer Battered (at least not in my experience) but for me, I prefer this over a standard flour / buttermilk batter. The bubbles in the beer create a fluffy exterior that is truly delectable!
For the beer, I recommend a lighter beer, but whatever you use, I don't recommend a bitter beer like an IPA. You can use non-alcoholic beer if you prefer as well. I'm not sure if sparkly water will be a good substitute as the beer adds quite a bit of flavor. You might be able to get away with it, but just add more seasoning if it lacks flavor.
Speaking of seasoning, I use Old Bay for these, but you can really use whatever you like (though I highly recommend the Old Bay!). You can really go to town and spice it however you feel, just remember the pickles will be salty already!
And lastly, for the fry oil, I recommend Peanut or Vegetable, just don't use Olive Oil!
You can obviously eat these as is, dip them in Ranch or BBQ or whatever you like, but they are super good on a burger too! The choice is yours! Have fun!
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Makes about 4 Servings
16 oz jar of dill pickle slices (about 30 slices)
1/2 cup beer
2 Tbsp plant milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
Oil for frying
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and Old Bay. Add the beer and plant milk and whisk until combined. You want something similar to a pancake batter. So add flour if it's too thin, or more beer if it's too thick. Adjust for seasoning.
Next drain your pickles and pat dry with some paper towels.
In a cast iron skillet or a dutch oven, heat up some oil to 375 fahrenheit.
Once oil is up to temperature, dip each pickle slice in the batter and coat evenly, shaking off any excess batter.
Carefully place the battered pickle slices in the oil, making sure not to crowd the pan.
Flip them when needed (about 3-4 minutes per side) and remove when golden brown.
Let them rest on a wire rack.
Serve them up with ranch or bbq sauce, or on a burger!