Thursday, January 26, 2012
Oven "Fried" Pickles
I love pickles! They are probably one of my favorite things ever, and a few years ago I learned of a very, very unhealthy way to make pickles even more amazing...you deep fry them. Something about the salty, crispy, hot outside and the garlic, vinegar, pickle inside just makes my day! Unfortunately like all things fried, they're not very good for the waistline. So I decided that if you can bake other things to make them seem fried, why not do pickles? They turned out really good if I do say so myself.
1 jar of thick sliced pickle chips
2 Tbl flour
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper (I like the heat with the other flavors)
Non-stick cooking spray
Set up a baking sheet with a cooling rack on it. Spray the cooling rack with the non-stick spray. Turn the oven on to broil Mix the eggs, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne in one bowl. I started with one Tbl of floor, but my mix was runny so I kept adding more until there was 2 Tbl in it. Do the same with yours since eggs can vary in consistency. Keep the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Dredge the pickles through the wet mixture and then coat them with the breadcrumbs. Lay each chip on the cooling rack in a single layer. Repeat until your rack is full. Place the pan under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the chips brown on the top. Take them out of the oven and flip each chip over. Put them back under the broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes. Once they are brown, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a minute or two. Then take them off the cooling rack and sprinkle a little salt on them. They're now ready to eat!
I dipped mine in some fat-free thousand island dressing. It was great, and they really satisfied my craving for something salty and fried. I hope they can do the same for you!
Note: You can use any seasoning you want in the batter. Whatever suits your current craving!