In honor of National Baby Day we present these super cute Fried Pickles & Ranch "Ice Cream" - which would make a great snack at any baby shower!!
1 pint sliced dill pickles
1 large egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
½ tsp. hot sauce
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. paprika
Pinch of salt
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
Ranch dressing (frozen, and "scooped" with melon baller)
Drain the pickles, reserving 2/3 cup of the pickle juice. Lay the pickle slices out on paper towels to blot off excess moisture. Combine the reserved pickle juice, egg, 1 tablespoon of flour, and hot sauce in a bowl. Whisk well to combine and set aside.
In a shallow dish or pie plate, combine the remaining flour, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Whisk to blend.
In batches, dip the pickle slices in the egg mixture, gently shaking off the excess. Then dredge in the flour-spice blend. In a medium saucepan, add oil to about 1-inch depth. Heat the oil to 375˚ F. Fry the pickles in batches until golden-brown, about 3-4 minutes total. Transfer briefly to paper-towel lined rack. Serve in a small cup with a "scoop" of frozen ranch dressing.
Photo & recipe courtesy of: http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/08/18/fried-pickles-for-josies-virtual-baby-shower/