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Hooters Fried Pickles Recipe
Hooter's Fried Pickles
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Appetizer
Calories: 502
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 0.0 (0 reviews)

Menu Description: “Homemade, fried golden brown & dill-icious. Cut into thin slices and served with dipping sauce.”

Fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried bull testicles, fried crickets - just about anything can be battered and fried, but that doesn’t always mean it’ll taste good. I’ve tasted many unexpectedly delicious foods out of a fryer and these are among some of those surprises. The combination of sour pickles, crunchy breading and creamy dipping sauce was truly tasty. It’s no wonder these are such a popular pick at the chain known more for its chicken wings, orange short shorts, and belly shirts. After a little sleuthing I discovered that Hooters use Mrs. Klein’s crinkle-cut pickles, but that particular brand can be hard to find in most stores. I did a taste test of all popular brands and found that the most similar tasting pickle slices happen to be one of the most popular brands on the market: Heinz. Find the hamburger dill chips and be sure to blot the pickle slices dry before breading them. The breading recipe here should be enough to coat all the pickle slices in a 16-ounce jar (50 to 55 slices). As for the dipping sauce? That’s just a simple matter of stirring a little cayenne pepper into some Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. Done and done.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3" by Todd Wilbur.

Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 to 10 cups vegetable oil for frying
one 16-ounce jar Heinz hamburger dill chips
1 egg beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
pinch cayenne pepper

1. Make the dipping sauce by combining the ranch dressing and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

2. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep fryer or saucepan with a thermometer attached to it.

3. Remove all of the pickle slices from the jar and lay them out flat on paper towels. Use more paper towels to blot the pickle slices until they are dry

4. Combine the beaten egg and milk in a small bowl.

5. Combine the flour, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl or in a pie pan.

6. Bread each of the pickle slices by first coating with the dry blend, then the egg and milk, then back to the dry stuff. Arrange all of the breaded pickle slices on a baking sheet until they are all breaded.

7. Fry the pickles in the hot oil in batches of 10 to 15 at a time for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with the dipping sauce on the side.

Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer.

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