All you Southern Folk pick your choice or choices and go for a SFDP that could be prepared Salty, Savory, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, and Bitter (SSSSB). So go after your SFDPs that are SSSSB.
Be sure to include 1 (24 ounce) jar of pickle spears (Chilled) that are either whole or sliced. Then gather up the following list of ingredients that could be used in making this Southern Dish: Eggs, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, Tabasco sauce, your favorite hot sauce, milk, buttermilk, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, bread crumbs, vegetable oil, peanut oil, salt, seasoned salt, garlic salt, garlic powder, black pepper, ground red pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, baking powder, salad dressing, beer, ice water, and pickle juice.
These pickles could be used as appetizers, with a brunch, as a condiment, with a sauce, as a desert, lunch, snacks, main dish, salads, or even side dishes (Great with Catfish) or with a soup. Just look at the list of ingredients and let the mind go wild. This is the part of the article writing that I love. I can just stay at home and cook the weekend, trying out the method or methods that will turn out what I think is the best pickle.
So let us start with the ingredients for one of my ideals of a great Southern Fried Pickle.
In a shallow bowl put:
2 eggs (beaten), 1 cup milk, (butter milk could be used), 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, 2 tablespoons of pickle juice.
Then mix together in another bowl:
2 -1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
Bread crumbs could be used but cornmeal is my favorite.
1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Stir well and set aside.
Now dip drained pickles into the milk mixture and dredge in the flour mixture. Deep fry at 350 degrees F until golden brown. Drain. Salt and Pepper to taste. Also works great with peppercorns. Remember water and deep fat frying do not mix.
Keep up the great cooking all you Southern Folks and the Northern Bean Soup folks will be crying in their Milwaukee Beer. Remember the largest locally owned U.S. beer company in Missouri is Boulevard Beer in Kansas City.
Have a Happy
Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.