Amazing Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles with Garlic Sauce. Get your southern fried pickle fix without all the calories!
My first experience with fried pickles was 12 years ago at a local barbecue joint.
Heaven. Crisp salty heaven, that I will never forget, with a twang of vinegar.
Since then, every time we stop at a new barbecue restaurant, I immediately check the menu for fried pickles. If they are on the menu, I instantly believe the establishment has promise.
Southern fried pickles are ridiculously addictive, especially served with a creamy dipping sauce. Because of this, they aren’t known for being figure-friendly.
I thought it would be fun to see if I could make them in the oven, to cut the calories from the fry oil, and eliminate the messy clean up process from frying.
For today’s Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles with Garlic Sauce I used a triple-dip method of flour, egg wash, and bread crumbs normally used for frying.
However I added finely shredded reduced fat cheese to the panko bread crumbs to offer rich flavor and help the breading stick together. Then I coated both the baking sheet and the tops of the pickles with a light coat of cooking spray.
The result is a crunchy zesty Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles with Garlic Sauce recipe that is just as tantalizing as real fried pickles, with much less fat… And mess.
And for the dipping sauce?
You can use low fat ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping. Yet this creamy garlic sauce is a fresh garlic-dill sauce that is easy on the hips and tastebuds.
Oven Baked “Fried” Pickles with Garlic Sauce is a great party snack for spring. They compliment barbecue, of course, and all sorts of hearty southern meals. Give them a try!
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