Who eats Fried Pickles you ask? WE DO and love them!
On July 24, 2010 we left on our 1 year adventure of living on the road and traveling with our kids. We hit 15 states in 10 months. We were shy of our goal by 2 months. I was bummed but understood the need for a job..LOL Cory was offered a job in Maryland that we could not pass up. Plus the kids were a little bit done with the whole traveling and sight seeing thing. I could live this life for ever. I am a gypsy at heart.
I love to travel and try new things. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing with others. I crave diversity. I love cultural traditions, ethnic food and the feeling of being somewhere new and exciting.
We learned so much on our trip. More than I think we ever thought possible when we set out. We bonded with our kids, who we learned were awesome teenagers! They were and still are, very funny. We laughed so much on our trip. We fell in love with some areas and disliked a few. The number one reason that we disliked "a few" was the humidity. East Texas is freaking hot in August! The water in the lakes was so warm that you could not even cool off and the nights...UGH! It was like nothing I had ever experienced in my life. I kept thinking to myself " why the heck do these people stay here?" But I soon learned that you stay because that is where your heart is, your family and you do get used to it...eventually.
|We spent time at the beach...OUR favorite place!|
|We loved Austin! This was the bat kayak tour we went on.|
|We visited the UT campus where Cory went to college and the surrounding parks.|
|We lived in heaven. This was how we spent most of our year, in the woods and living with nature.|
I bring up Texas because this is the place that I first had fried pickles. I will never forget it. We had gone to The Texas Roadhouse and when we both saw this on the menu we had to give it a try. We were not disappointed. I craved them from that point on. I never made them while in the trailer though. I did not do a lot of deep frying in the kitchen.
It wasn't until I started following food blogs and seeing other bloggers making them that I thought about making them myself. I surprised the kids last week and yesterday my daughter asked for them again. I love that! So today I will make a quick batch, think about our trip and count the calories...LOL
Dill Pickles ( I buy the large pickles and slice them or you can buy the pre sliced version)
Seasoned Fry Mix ( I used the GF Hodgson Mill brand)
1/4 cup of milk or buttermilk
For a quick treat (4 people) I plan on two large pickles per person. If you do more pickles you will need to add more eggs and milk to the recipe.
I slice the pickles into 1/4 inch pieces. I put the eggs and milk in one bowl, whip them together. I grab a second bowl and add the fry mix.
On the stove, add oil to a large pot. I like to use a pot because when you add the pickles to the oil, it boils up and the sides on the pot allow me to not worry about it bubbling over onto my stove. I add enough oil to create a 2 inch deep frying area.
I dip my wet pickle into the fry mix, dip it into the egg/milk, dip it again in the fry mix. It creates a nice crunchy coating.
Fry the pickles until they are golden to medium brown. I like mine crispy so they tend to be a little bit browner than most.
Remove cooked pickles to a plate with paper towels. This will soak up the extra oil.
I served my pickles with a sauce I made. I named it Wicked Awesome Sauce. LOL
**If you don't have a fry mix on hand, use flour with some salt and pepper. If making it GF use White Rice flour or Brown Rice flour.
Recipe: Wicked Awesome Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1T. Sriracha sauce (oh yes, it's gonna be hot)
1 tsp of horseradish sauce
Mix the three ingredients together. YUMMY!
Written by Sherron Watson