Super Bowl Snack: Fried Pickles

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! Is anyone going to a party tonight?  I’m going to enjoy the game in the comforts of my home.  And by game I mean the commercials and half time show.

My favorite part about Super Bowl is the food.  Chili, macaroni and cheese, sliders, chips and dip, nachos, etc.  The food is endless.  A go to snack that I’ve made for the last couple years are fried pickles with bloomin onion sauce.  Super easy to do.  Warning, this isn’t the healthiest snack.  I say, “what diet?” when it comes to Super Bowl food.

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  • 2 jars of pickle chips (I prefer bread and butter pickles, just a personal preference)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Can of beer
  • Canola oil

First thing I do is heat about 2 inches of oil in a deep nonstick pan.  While the oil heats up, I drain the pickles in a colander and make the beer batter.  In a bowl whisk together the beer with the eggs.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add the flour, about half cup at a time. The batter should have a similar consistency as cake batter.

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Put a few pickle chips in the bowl and let it coat completely.  If the batter drips off the pickle, it’s too runny and thin so add some flour.  Using tongs, pick up the pickle chips one at a time and carefully put them in the pan.  Fry them about one minute on each side.  Remember, the more pickles you put in the pan, the cooler the oil becomes so cooking time will be longer.  Keep that in mind.

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Pickles are ready to come out when the batter has a nice golden color.  Place the fried pickles on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.  Continue with putting pickles in the batter and frying.

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Looks delish right?  Now what’s fried pickles without something to dip them in?  I usually make a copycat recipe for the bloomin onion sauce from Outback Steakhouse.  Here are my ingredients:

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp creamy horseradish sauce
  • 1/3 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix everything together in a bow.  Bam.  You’re done.

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Super easy right?  It’s a favorite with the family so it’s a regular during Super Bowl.

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Does anyone else have a go to Super Bowl Snack?  Who are you rooting for?  I’m not a fan of either, but I’m really excited that it’s in my home state of NJ.

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