I was recently discussing fried pickles with someone, and remember being a little upset they never had fried pickle spears. They are clearly the superior form of the fried pickle (versus slices) and this is for a number of reasons. They maintain their form better, there is a better pickle to bread ratio, and they have much more flavor. Add in Dan-O’s, some quality local pickles, and homemade ranch sauce and you have something incredible.
First off, when you look up other fried pickle spear recipes, half the people are using panko or plain bread crumbs. I’m sorry, but that’s weaksauce. If you’re frying pickles, you out to be chicken frying them! You can get a crunchier coating and you get much more flavor from the seasoned flour than you ever would bread crumbs.
I made this ranch sauce in a bit of a hurry and it’s pretty basic. If you have your own homemade ranch recipe or even want to simplify things, use whatever you have. But this is a lot like my creole mustard, but instead with buttermilk and mayo. It’s a little spicy, tangy, fatty, and well-seasoned, so it has a lot going for it!
If you live in or around Louisville, KY, I highly recommend using the spicy pickle spears from Famous Dave’s. But if you from elsewhere, use some quality local pickles! The ones I used gave my friend pickle recipe a combo of spicy, sweet, briny, herb, crunchy. Needless to say, they were fantastic. I had to reach for a beer to wash it down because what’s better than greasy snacks and beer?
Perfect for game day or a cheat night, this fried pickle spears recipe is ready to provide ALL THE FLAVOR
For the ranch: