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Hooters Fried Pickles

By Todd Wilbur


Score: 4.40. Votes: 10
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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 pickles are one of the delicious surprises. The combination of sour pickles, crunchy breading and creamy dipping sauce was really good. 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.

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Score: 4.40. Votes: 10
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Tantwoo
Nov 24, 2015, 23:00

First time making these fried pickles and they were delicious!!! Added more cayenne because the flour drowned the spice. Overall, scrumptious!!

Courtney
Sep 1, 2015, 22:00

Pickles were good but you definitely need more dry ingredients to batter them in so next time I'm going to double that. I also did a little extra cayenne because I like spice. Very good overall!

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