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.
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!!
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.
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?
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.
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.