Wow, I’m turning into a food blogger over here with all my food posts… Let me start out by saying I love fried food. It’s not healthy, but it’s delicious. Whenever I visit The Counter (it’s a gourmet burger restaurant in case you may not know of it), I order their fried pickle chips 9 times out of 10. The tangy and sour pickles blend well together with their apricot dipping sauce.
Since I can’t visit the counter every day, I wanted to try making these babies on my own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Dill Pickles [sliced, whole, big, small, the pickles are to your preference. I used small dill pickles from Trader Joe’s]
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1 cup bread crumbs [I made mine with our food processor and the ends of a loaf of french bread]
- 1/2 cup flour [all purpose white flour]
- 1/4 cup cornmeal [NOT the same thing as corn starch BTW]
- Olive Oil for frying
1. Gather all your ingredients. I say this because I made breadcrumbs before I actually started working on this dish. You may need to cut the pickles into slices in this step if you are using whole pickles.
2. Mix the cornmeal and the breadcrumbs together.
3. Dry the pickles on a paper towel to absorb any pickle juice.
4. Get your setup ready! Gather three small bowls (or a compartmentalized serving dish like I have here) and put flour, eggs, and the breadcrumbs in each bowl.
5. Take your pickles and dip them in the flour, then in the eggs, and then coat them in the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate, ready to fry!
6. Pour some olive oil into a saucepan and heat up the oil on medium heat. Once hot, place pickles in the saucepan. Turn them over once golden brown. When done on both sides, place the pickles onto a plate or bowl lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Continue to fry until you’re done!
[Optional: The Nectarine Sauce]
I didn’t have any apricots on hand, but I was craving a sweet dipping sauce. So, I stuck with one of my favorite fruits, the nectarine, to make a sauce. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the way this sauce turned out. It was a little too sweet for my liking, but others may feel differently.
*update! Sauce tastes good chilled
- 1 nectarine, pitted and diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tablespoons of white sugar
1. On medium-low heat, stir together the diced nectarine, water, and sugar. Wait until you start to smell the nectarine really infuse into the water.
2. Once you’ve reached that point. Pour everything into a food processor and blend into a sauce.
That’s it! Now you’ve got yourself a fun side dish! If you’ve never tried fried pickle chips, I HIGHLY suggest you try them at least once! They don’t sound too appetizing on their own, but believe me, they’re good.