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Edible Obsession: Fried Pickles



Silly’s, on Washington Ave., gave me my first pickle. Coated and deep fried ones, of course. I liked pickles just fine and well before these came into my life several years ago, but I do have to confess to having constant, insatiable cravings for these quite often. That craving struck last week while I was scratching my noggin over what to make for our Super Bowl meal. But, I didn’t want to deal with running out there and, one down side to Silly’s fried pickles is that they tend to be extremely greasy and don’t reheat well in the oven. So, I kind of just pushed the craving to the side. Then, of course, I realized that I could just make my own at home.

So, that’s what I did, using a recipe from everyone’s favorite bar with boobies, Hooters.

Hooters Fried Pickles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika**
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper**
  • 1 11 ounce jar hamburger dill pickle slices (I used Vlasic and half of a jar of Trader Joes Kosher Sandwich slices).
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Instructions

Preheat 8 cups of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a large pot. Drain dill pickles in a colander and then place into a medium sized bowl with the 2 cups of buttermilk. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Take about a handful of the pickles out of the buttermilk and dredge into the seasoned flour. Shake off excess flour, and place battered pickles into hot grease. Be careful not to place too many pickles into the hot grease or the pickles won’t fry up crisp. Fry pickle slices until golden brown. Continue cooking pickles until all are done. Now you can make appetizers just like Hooters with this fried pickle recipe.

**I actually used a couple of tablespoons of Crazy Dick’s Cajun Spice Seasoning, instead of just the paprika and cayenne. I would recommend using any hot spice blend that you have at home to flavor up the flour.

Now, Silly’s spicy dipping sauce is half of the appeal of ordering the fried pickles, so I–with a tip from The Missus’ coworker–tried a hand at making that, too. It was good, but I still think I could have added a bit more spice and because I don’t really measure, these are the estimates.

It wasn’t exactly like Silly’s, but it more than did the trick.

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Eat Your Losers

32 teams started their season with hopes and dreams of getting into this weekends Super Bowl. 30 teams had that dream end by the middle of January. My team, The Chicago Bears, saw that dream end in the middle of November with (another) injury to their Quarterback, Jay Cutler. So, yet again, I’m in the majority of football fans who will tune into the game, root halfheartedly for a team that they merely hate less than the other (as a New Yorker, I’m obligated to root for the Giants in this match up, though I severely question their chances of winning).

But, when it comes down to it, hasn’t the Super Bowl become more about the commercials,

ridiculous half time shows (Madonna? Really? Way to connect, NFL) and the food. It’s about the at home tailgate, with a cartoonishly large TV, some friends and enough alcohol or greenery to make you forget that your team utterly sucked this year. But, maybe I’m projecting.

So, this year, I’ve been thinking of a “losers” theme for the food–something to celebrate the ones that didn’t make it (and probably won’t again next year because of a questionable choice in QB’s. But, there I go again), while we watch the ones that did.

For Chicago Bears Fans:

(Photo from The Paupered Chef)
Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwiches

For New Orleans Saints fans:

Muffaleta

For Baltimore Ravens fans:

(photo from YumSugar)
Maryland Style Crab Dip

For the Pittsburgh Steelers fan

(photo from Accidental Hedonist)
Peirogis

For the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and San Fransisco 49ers fans:

(photo from TheNibble.com)
Homemade California Rolls

So, while you may not be celebrating your teams victories this Sunday, you can, at the very least, celebrate some of their hometown foods.

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