“Hooters” Fried Pickles Recipe
A Favourite Snack imported from America

Memories, Memories! Three years ago we went on a holiday of a lifetime: Three weeks through Florida. The best bit for me was: We went in November when everybody at home was moaning about the rain and the cold. For Philipp I think the best thing was that we were over in the US for the Baseball World Series. And – being a good partner – I decided to go along with him to watch the final game on a big screen at a nearby HOOTERs in Fort Myers. (For all of you who don’t know Hooters: It’s all about burgers, meat and fries, served by goodlooking waitresses, preferably with big boobs.)

But as I said: We didn’t go there for the girls, we went for baseball. As I learned that evening, baseball games can be rather long – there are nine innings. And over three hours with only one burger (or a salad, I had a healthy chicken salad) can seem even longer. So we decided to order a starter, a very extraordinary starter: Fried Pickles. Basically we are talking about fried gherkins. Who would have guessed that you can fry them?? Fried pickles are one of the yummiest things I have eaten in my life! And the evening certainly was one to remember! I enjoyed the food, yes, and the baseball! Honestly!

In Europe there aren’t as many HOOTERs restauraunts as in America. And I don’t think they do Fried Pickles. (We went to one in Berlin to watch the World-Cup-Final 2010 and I was very disappointed. The chocolate-cake isn’t as rich as the american one either:-( )

So what else was there to do but make our own Fried Pickles! Please try this recipe! It sounds weird but this starter is amazing!

Ingredients:

1 glass of gherkins, ideally sandwich-gherkins/already sliced
3 cups of flour
2 cups of buttermilk
salt, paprika, cayenne pepper
oil (i.e. sunflower oil) for frying

Put your flour in a large, flat bowl (like a pasta bowl), add salt, paprika (approx 1 teaspoon each), cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon). Pour the buttermilk into a bowl, too. Drain the gherkins and  pat them dry with kitchen roll. Heat some oil in a deep pan or saucepan, make sure to get it nice and hot. Preheat your oven to about 50 °C.

Now dip your gherkins into the buttermilk, roll them around in the flour. Shake off any excess flour and lower them into the oil.  (The first ones might stick to the bottom of your pan. Don’t worry about that!) Fry for a couple of minutes until the gherkins are golden. Depending on the amount of gherkins you might have to fry them in turns. So best is to pop the ones that are ready into the oven, so they stay warm.

Best served in front of the television. We put out sauces (i.e. mustard and ketchup) but never need them. Fried Pickles have a taste of their own! Enjoy!