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Fried Pickle Chips with Homemade Ranch

Fried pickle chips are my favorite “game-day snack”. Yes, over wings. Yes, over nachos. I just love pickles any way I can get them, but fried creates such a great salty brine-y flavor, I can’t resist! I love to dip them in ranch because the cool, zesty flavor pairs so nicely with the fried pickles.

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I’m offering up a homemade version of ranch because it’s ridiculously easy, and kind of fun to say you made it yourself. And once you make it once, you’ll realize you probably already have the ingredients on hand to whip it up any time you want. So yummy!!

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If you know me at all, you know I prefer to have alternate options for recipes. Substitutes, swaps, alternates, whatever you want to call them - I really appreciate that these options give you room to make a recipe your own with what’s already in your pantry.

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It’s not about swapping to reduce calories or carbs but to empower you to feel confident riffing a recipe to make it your own. Plus, who doesn’t love to know that they can use up something that they already have in their cupboard?

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And I did just that with this recipe. While the ranch is customizable in how much of a measurement of each ingredient you prefer, that one is pretty set on the ingredient list. Now, the pickle chips... here’s where you can get creative. While I call for a basic egg-wash coating, you can get creative with just how that looks for you.

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You can use panko, breadcrumbs, or just flour alone. Each gives a slightly different texture ranging from pillow-y to crunchy. I took pictures of these chips with a double coating of either flour or panko for you to see the difference in crunch. There’s no right or wrong way to do them – just have fun and find what you prefer.

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Fried Pickle Chips with Homemade Ranch

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Author

Jennifer Bravo

Published

October 8, 2020

Modified

October 8, 2020

Yields

5 servings

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 whole dill pickles, drained
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 2 ¼ tsp salt, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • handful fresh chives, chopped
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice, if needed, to brighten

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a waffle cutter mandolin, slice the pickles into ridged chips. Dry on a paper towel until ready to coat.
  2. In 3 different plates, line up the flour and season it with 1 teaspoon of salt, the eggs, and the breadcrumbs of your choosing. Following this assembly line, coat the pickles in flour, egg, and breadcrumb. Repeat once more for a double coating, making sure to shake off any access of each before moving down the line.
  3. In the Salton mini deep fryer, heat 1 qt. of canola oil to 350 degrees. Place half of the pickles in the basket and fry for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the fryer and let cool on a cooling rack fitted over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt to garnish. Repeat with the remaining pickles.
  4. Make the ranch by combining mayonnaise, sour cream, dill weed, garlic powder, parsley, fresh chives, ground pepper, lemon juice (if needed), and 1¼ teaspoon of salt together and mixing with a fork or whisk, refrigerate if you prefer your dipping sauces cold and slightly thicker. Plate the pickle chips and ranch, garnish with more freshly chopped chives, and enjoy!

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving Size - Makes about 5 servings
Calories - 363
Carbohydrate - 45g
Cholesterol - 83mg
Fiber - 3g
Protein - 10g
Fat - 16g
Saturated Fat - 5g
Trans Fat - 0g
Unsaturated Fat - 0g
Sodium - 2221mg
Sugar - 5g

Recipe Details

Cuisine - American
Category - Snack, Appetizer
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