Cilantro Garlic Ranch and Fried Pickles

posted on: Saturday, November 19, 2011


Y'all are in for a treat today!!!
Here are two recipes that are a must in our home!

I've started making homemade ranch instead of buying store bought.
It tastes so much better!
I will add that the way I make it will leave you with TERRIBLE garlic breathe :)

Here's how I make mine...

Cilantro Garlic Ranch
1 1/2 Cups buttermilk
1 Cup Mayo
Handful of cilantro (more or less if you like... personal preference)
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
Salt
Pepper
4 cloves garlic
1/8 of an onion (more or less..personal preference)

Now.. this is just rough estimates of my measurements. 
I just keep adding and tasting as I go.
In a bowl mix your italian seasoning, buttermilk and mayo together.
In a food processor mix your cilantro, garlic and onions together until there are no more chunks.
I then add about half of my buttermilk/mayo mixture to my food processor.
Blend again.  Then pour it back into the rest of your buttermilk/mayo mixture.
Give it a good stir.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate!
The longer it's in the fridge the better the flavors get!
Remember... just keep adding and tasting as you go! :)

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*not my pickles...I think the picture is actually from Paula Deen?*

DELICIOUS!!!
Here's the recipe...

"FRIED" PICKLES
Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients
1 jar pickle slices
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Directions
Turn oven broiler on high.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and flour. Add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Mix well.
Place panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Dunk each pickle slice into the egg mixture, than dredge it in the panko bread crumbs.
Place coated pickles on a rack set above a baking sheet and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place pan in the middle rack of the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes on each side.

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A few other recipes you might be interested are...
If you make these recipes for a party you're hosting I can guarantee you will be instantly popular;)
Make them all and let me know what you think!
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89 comments:

  1. That Ranch dressing sounds WONDERFUL!

    Thanks for sharing.


    :) :) :)

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  2. Garlic AND cilantro? Too good to be true! :)

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  3. Wowsa's!!!! Those look/sound so incredibly yummy!!! I'll be trying those soon! And, I think I found a new dip for my kids carrots!

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  4. Thanks for the recipes!! YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!!!! And u should totally live the lights up in the house..fun!!

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  5. Those both look absolutely delicious! I have never had fried pickles and I have been dying to try them!

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    1. Fried Pickles are so good! Dunk them in ranch dressing....YUMMMM!

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  6. oh my gosh, i LOVE fried pickles. we ate them when we were in the south a couple of years ago... addictive.

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  7. good gravy! i luv fried pickles and i can't wait to whip up your recipe!

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  8. i LOVE fried pickles! {grew up in mississippi, they are a staple there!} this recipe looks good, too.

    xo

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  9. both of those sound so yummy. stopping by from life made lovely

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  10. mmmm...sounds delicious-gonna try this recipe!

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  11. Do you use sweet pickles or dill pickle slices for these?

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  12. Planning to try to make the pickles tomorrow. Will feature on my blog cooklovecraft.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  13. The pickles were actually disappointing. Maybe we are just used to the real thing (very fried and unhealthy), but I wouldn't make this recipe again. Still planning on trying the ranch recipe, though! Looks delicious!

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    1. I agree Lara. I wouldn't make them again.

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  14. Brilliant!

    My wife loves fried pickles, but her drive for a healthier eating family ruled the deep-fried version a no-go.

    Okay...please don't freak a guy now follows your blog. I love making my wife happy and what better place to grab ideas!

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  15. FYI, don't use old bread crumbs instead of panko bread crumbs! lol! YUCK! : ) Thank you for the recipe and the up side to this comment is that the ranch dip turned out wonderfully! ><>

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    1. Did you use a particular brand of panko like kikoman? Is it a fine bread crumb or coarse? I want to maker sure I get the right ones because I really want to try it!

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  16. I love fried pickles. This sounds like an easy healthier recipe. I can't wait to try it. And my husband LOVES cilantro so I will have to try your dip too. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. ha ... so i just noticed you posted the fried pickles recipe ... thanks! but i love this recipe because you don't have to deep fry them ... the broiler worked wonderful to make them that crispy texture! thanks for reposting!

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  18. what kind of pickle slices do u use?

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    1. it says above to use dill pickles.

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    2. Can't wait to try this! My kids will love this!

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  19. I am new to your blog, but being a momma to 4 and I am a stay at home one as well, i know how much fun blogging can be.
    first- i would just like to say that your site is beautiful, so warm and inviting.
    second- i have an emma as well
    and finally
    C.- FRIED PICKLES!! Why haven't I thought of this before!
    Anyways, thanks for this and I am now a follower.

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  20. The idea is much better than the actual taste. Not a fan.

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  21. I LOVE fried pickles and can't wait to try your baked version!

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  22. You have just given me the perfect, slightly lighter, indulgence to make for the Super Bowl. Thank you so much!

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  23. Going to make today cant wait!!

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  24. I read through the comments and didn't see this already posted, but may have missed it. Just made the ranch and am storing it in a mason jar in the fridge. Approximately how long will it stay good for?

    Thanks!
    Carley

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    1. Buttermilk dressing can be held until the date the buttermilk expires :)

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  25. Carley- that is a great question! I honestly have no clue? I personally would just store it a week and that's about it. We eat ours so fast we've never had that problem:)

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  26. i'm dying and drooling. need to make this NOW!

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  27. What temp, do you set the broiler for?

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  28. April- my broiler has 2 levels. High and low. I chose low so i wouldn't burn them.

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  29. We made these "fried" pickles last night for a ladies cooking group, and they were SOOOOO dang good!! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe, I will be making them again for sure!!

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  30. Is there a substitute for buttermilk?

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    1. 1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.

      2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.

      3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.

      Have heavy cream in the fridge? If so, you have everything you need to make real buttermilk:

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    2. I make something almost identical using non-fat yogurt instead of buttermilk. I add lime or lemon zest, too.

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  31. Just saw this recipe on Pinterest. I love fried pickles so I gotta try this!

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  32. I love your blog! This recipe was fantastic! Happy Hubby loved it!

    http://happyhubbygrub.blogspot.com/2012/04/not-fried-pickles.html

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  33. I just made these and I just don't see how they could compare to a "fried" pickle. I thought the Planko crumbs gave them a rough texture and an off taste.

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  34. I just made these and they were wonderful. They were different from the real fried pickles, but my taste buds are still dancing! Thanks a bunch!

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  35. Uhuh not good. Bad even

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  37. Centered text, seriously!?

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  38. Thank you for this recipe. I highlighted it on my blog today. http://scrapbookalphabet.blogspot.com/2012/07/mondays-guest-freebies_09.html

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  39. I make these same pickles for my family and gatherings... however I use cayanne pepper mixed in with bread crumbs and then deep fry them in batches, we dip them in ranch dressing Yummy! They sounds strange but are so good.

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  40. I saw that these had pretty mixed reviews but decided to try them anyway. I really liked them! I used a little chili powder since I didn't have any Cajun seasoning and mine only took 2 minutes per side. Great alternative for when you don't want to fry anything!

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  41. I was just wondering, I don't have an oven broiler, is there any way you can make these in a regular oven? And if so, what would be the appropriate cooking time and temp?

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  42. Are the pickles better served right away or are they ok served till cooled?

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    1. Ive always loved them right away. Once they cool I dont believe they are as good.

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  43. where is the print this reciepe

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  44. I didnt quite read all the comments, but has anyone tried frying them anyways, using this recipe? If so, please tell me if they turned out like regular fried pickles. Thank you.

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  45. Thes were really good. However, I did change a few things... I used club crackers instead of panko. I also dried the pickle juice off before adding them to the egg mix, it helped the batter stick much better :-) Good luck yall and thank you for the recipe!

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    1. Crackers! I cant believe I didnt think of that! I was scrolling and scrolling hoping someone came up with something besides those bread crumbs!! Thank you! You have just saved my pregnancy craving! :P

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  46. making them now!look good! My son loves them but made them and dipped it in buffalo ranch didn't have time to make other dip

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  47. How big is a Pickle Jar? Because seriously, I have a huge 1 gal jar of sliced pickles. Is it supposed to be for 16 oz jar or 32 oz? My wife and I are going to try and make this today. ^_^

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  48. I recently found and tried out a recipe for baked fried okra. It was awesome but it called for golden corn meal. Wonder if that would work instead of the breadcrumbs?

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  49. Just made these for dinner! We loved them...tasted just like Hooters Fried Pickles! Thanks for sharing~ MJ

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  50. do you think I could make these ahead of time (in the morning) and put them in the fridge ready to go in the oven in the evening? Or should they be made fresh?

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  51. It looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. It sound absolutley delicious and I am going to try it.

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  53. I am a huge fan of fried pickles. Any chance to cut out fat is always welcome. I made these and they were awesome! Nobody could tell they were baked instead of fried. Looking forward to making them again. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  54. do you put the pickles on the actual oven racks on on a baking pan? I was a lil confused :-/ LOL

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    1. I am trying to figure out the same thing!

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    2. use a cooling rack (the kind for cakes and cookies) set on a baking dish.

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  55. I just made these and they were DELICIOUS! I live in my so I love some fried pickles and this was a great healthy and simple recipe :) I did broil mine for a bit longer to get them extra crispy and I went with a chipotle ranch but yuuummyy!! Don't know how you can't like them!

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  56. Yum!! My roommate and I made these last night, and each one was a new experience!! we made a delicious avocado greek yogurt spicy cilantro dip to go with them, healthier than the ranch option, and wonderful! Thank you for the recipe!! So fast and easy!

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  57. Just pulled these pickles out of the oven. Yum! I like them :)

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  58. I just tried the pickles tonight, but I used pickle spears instead of pickle slices. They are GOOD!!!:-)

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  59. Made these.... they are quite good. Just have a couple suggestions to make them better. A) Understand that they are NOT fried pickles and there is nothing that can compare to deep fried goodness. But they are yummy in their own way! B) Do not use the pickle slices from a jar. They are too thin. Slice your own from big deli pickles. C) Double up the seasoning and sprinkle with just a bit of kosher salt after they come out.

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  60. I just made these not too long ago.. They are awesome! I used jar slices, but I might use the last suggestion of cutting my own from pickles. Everyone that tried them actually preferred these over the fried pickles we get at some local restaurants.
    I used "Egg Beaters" instead of actual eggs since it's all I had on had. This worked just great!
    I am making these again this weekend. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  61. I have a question, I was wondering if your oven doesn't have broil how can I still make these? I am currently I. Mexico and the oven is gas and only has the flames at the bottom. I thought broil in an electric oven is at the top, right? I am so excited to try them! I love fried pickles and this sounds so much healthier!

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    1. Allie- Hmmm. I honestly have no clue?? I'll see what I can find out for ya:)

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    2. Well, I was trying to find out I saw everyone has these broil drawers. So I looked and found that we have one also I am just not sure how to light it! Lol. I found a setting that says Asar, which means to grill so I am going to try it this weekend and see if it works! Thanks for your help!

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  62. Just made these for the Superbowl and they were delicious! Both the dip and the pickles!

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  63. What does it mean to place them on a rack and put the cookie sheet below? So dont put the pickles on a cookie sheet? What kind of rack? Like a cooling rack?

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  64. I thought these were awful! I was so excited to eat these too. There was NO flavor. I made some more and put the powdered ingredients into the bread crumbs and added red peppers. Then is had some flavor actually.

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  65. Would this recipe work for fried green beans too? I absolutely love the ones from TGI Fridays and when I saw this recipe I thought I might be able to replicate them (without frying).

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  66. I made these for a party I went to yesterday. Huge hit!! I just put them on a baking sheet and didn't use a rack at all, and they turned out great.

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  67. Just made these for me and my kids! Great snack! But I did mix all the dry ingredients in the Panko and wet ingredients in the eggs and they have tons of flavor! They definitely don't look anything like the picture, it must be a pic of real fried pickles but they are good regardless!

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  68. Thanks for sharing this... the pickles are the best...had them in South Carolina.. they are heaven!

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  69. People who are disappointed in these must be expecting they'll taste exactly like fried pickles. These are obviously not fried pickles, but they are very good especially dipped in ranch.

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  70. made these yesterday for my daughters birthday at her request....she and hubby ate the entire jar of pickles done up like this! They absolutely LOVED them! Will be keeping this recipe in the favorites and forever file! Thanks for sharing.

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  71. What an awesome recipe! Just made the pickles, as I already have a tried and true recipe for ranch (and I am of the opinion that cilantro is from the devil) and the pickles cam out amazing! They are different from the usual fried pickles in texture, but for being waistline friendly I LOVE this adaptation. I use vlasic ovals for my fried pickles, and a packaged breading mix that I also use for chicken and it's just awesome! I did lightly spray the coated pickles with olive oil spray because I didn't want them to be soggy- I will try them next time without doing that as I'm not sure it really served any purpose. Great recipe!

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  72. I just made these! They are amazing! I have always wanted to try fried pickles but have stayed away because of the "fried" part. Now, I have a recipe that gives me all the flavor and texture of something fried. On another note, have you ever used the same coating recipe to do zucchini fries?

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  73. Just wanted to say that I grew up in a 2 bedroom house with my mother, father, 2 brothers and my sister -- 6 of us, too. Also, I love deep fried pickles and your dressing sounds great.

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