So I really have no idea how to start this post. Obviously I love pickles and all things fried, but more than that, I love my hairdresser of 12+ years, Todd Lucas. Despite the fact that he ran off (to Arkansas according to Joel’s sources) and left me a desperate, graying old maid with atrocious split ends and no one to make snarky comments to, I still love his stupid ass.
And I love his fried dill pickles. I mean, they have red pepper, Tabasco and beer in them. Pure genius. You can always serve these with the classic Ranch dressing (Make your own from the packet – it’s incredibly easy and 10x better than any bottle), but I also like to serve them with horseradish mayo* for some extra zing.
1 quart hamburger sliced dill pickle chips
1 1/4 cup flour (divided into 1 cup and 1/4 cup)
2 tsp red pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic salt
Tabasco to taste
1 cup beer (the darker the better)
- Dredge pickles in 1 cup of flour and set aside.
- Combine remaining flour and dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
- Dip pickles into batter and fry in hot oil until they float and are golden brown.
- Drain on paper grocery bags. Serve hot with cold beer.
*For the horseradish mayo, I start with mayo, add a little sour cream and black pepper and slowly add horseradish until I get the right amount of spice.
Tanya says: I know everyone has their own version of pimento cheese. I am not trying to force my version on anyone, so feel free to use your favorite pimento cheese recipe. How do you make a heavenly cheese and mayo combination better? Add BREAD and MELT! Enjoy!
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (white and yellow)
½ lb monteray jack cheese
2-3 oz jars pimento with juice pinch minced garlic
1 half Claussen pickle spear (optional- depends on my mood that day)
4-5 tablespoon mayo- preferably Duke’s
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste (NOT optional, very necessary)
- Grate all cheese (small grate), set aside in large mixing bowl
- Finely chop pimentos add to small mixing bowl, add juices
- Finely grate half of spear (if using) add to small mixing bowl
- Combine mayo and spices into small mixing bowl and whisk together
- Add dressing to cheese, mix very well and refrigerate
- Slice baguette crosswise 1/3 thick and add generous scoops pimento cheese and spread on sliced baguettes, heat in oven (temp about 300-350) for about 2-4 mins until cheese is bubbling and slightly browned.
*for best results make pimento cheese spread in advance and allow to refrigerate for a few hours
This is the corn dip that Emily so famously ate the morning after Pat Benatar… after it sat in an iceless cooler all night. Yep. So that happened.
Also, this recipe makes what we in the biz call “a shat ton,” so divide this in half if you’re not feeding a crowd. Or Emily.
3 (11 ounce) cans Mexican-style corn***
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
1 can Rotel, drained
1 bunch green onions, chopped (green parts only)
1/2 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1.5 cups mayonnaise
10 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
hot sauce and Cavendar’s or Tony Chachere’s to taste
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine Mexican-style corn, green chilis, green onions, sour cream, jalapeno pepper, mayonnaise, and cheddar cheese. Mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate (at least half an hour, but overnight is best). Serve with chips and keep away from Lowery.
***I just made this using 4 ears of fresh corn cut off the cob instead of the cans, and I must say DO IT. So easy and yet so much better. (6/30/11)