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Wow- it’s been forever since I posted here! Sorry ’bout that!
Anyway, todays topic is the most politically incorrect genre of cookery: Deep Frying
We bought a deep fryer recently, and the older boys have been playing around with it, frying this and that to see what happens. #3 remembered a tasty appetizer at the catfish place in Auburn- what was the name of it? Cock and something. Or Red Feather or Rooster…I don’t remember. The catfish was good but the deep fried pickles were wonderful! Sounds strange, no? Oh so good. Crispy hot pickle slices, battered and deep fried. They are the kind of thing you eat on Sunday afternoon while watching football and drinking beer. Definitely Man-food.
So this is how he made them:
a jar of hamburger chips dill pickle slices, drained well
1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 egg
1-1/2 cups bisquick or other biscuit mix like Pioneer or jiffy, in a large ziploc bag
Heat the deep fryer up to 375 degrees, OR, if you don’t have one, melt shortening into a deep skillet (at least 2 inches worth) until bubbles come out of the handle of a wooden spoon you stick into the melted shortening (how’s that for a cool trick! It works, too!)
Mix the pickles with the milk-and-egg mixture, then toss them into the bag, roughly a handful at a time, and shake well to cover them with the biscuit mix. Shake off the extra mix and carefully lower them into the skillet or fryer. Fry until golden brown- 6 or 8 minutes, flipping them over if you’re using a skillet. Drain on a paper towel and serve with ranch dressing.
Simple, eh? And really good, If you like pickles at all, you’ll probably like these. I remember the first time someone told me about deep fried pickles. I thought they sounded like something randomly generated by a computer, and spent a couple of years acting really cagy, until we went to dinner at (OH! I remember the name! Cock o’ th’ Walk!) Cock O’ Th’ Walk and he ordered some. “Try them!” he said, so I did and wow. I was hooked.
It has been opined that we should try making fried candy bars. I’m thinking you could use those Hersheys Chunks, and put a batter similar to what goes on Captain D’s fish- something light and puffy. Or maybe even cake batter. We’ll see. Maybe. I am TRYING to keep this family at a stable and healthy weight. I am hoping the novelty of frying everything will wear off, and everyone will develope a sudden interest in spinach.