Oven-Fried Pickles with Homemade Ranch Dip
- Yield: 8-10 servings
- Dill Buttermilk Ranch Dip
- 1tablespoon fresh baby dill
- 1/2cup mayo
- 1/4cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4cup milk
- 1/4cup buttermilk
- 1tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8teaspoon ground white pepper
- salt, to taste
- Oven-Fried Pickles
- 1 (24 oz) jar dill pickle spears
- 1/2cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/2cup stone-ground cornmeal
- 1/4cup plain bread crumbs
- 1tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
- 1/4teaspoon black pepper
- In the bowl of your food processor or blender, combine all of the ingredients for the ranch. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a small bowl and cover. Place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and spray a large baking sheet with a non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Drain the jarred pickles and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Pat completely dry. Set aside.
- In one shallow bowl, add the flour. In another shallow bowl, add the eggs and whisk to combine. In a third shallow bowl, combine the panko, corn meal, regular bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Toss the ingredients until evenly distributed. You shouldn’t need any more salt, as the pickles are already extremely salty. If you need more salt, then feel free to salt away.
- Starting with one pickle, dredge in flour, then coat in the whisked eggs, and then transfer to the bread crumb mixture. Toss the pickle to make sure it is evenly coated, pressing to adhere where it is needed. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat this step for the rest of the pickles. Spray the pickles with a non-stick canola oil spray.
- Place the pickles in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating them halfway through. Spraying again with a non-stick canola oil spray. Make sure they are crispy before pulling them from the oven. This may take more or less time, so keep a close eye.
- Serve immediately out of the oven with homemade dill buttermilk ranch.
This recipe from Cooking and Beer and Honest Cooking was republished with permission. It originally appeared as Oven-Fried Pickles with Homemade Dill Buttermilk Ranch.