Meet The Shannons

Meet The Shannons

Posted February 28, 2011

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Fat Tuesday Fried Pickles & The Homemade Vegan Mardi Gras

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Tomorrow is the infamous Fat Tuesday. People all over the world will be doing this and this. We're super married, so we're going to have our own little Homemade Vegan Mardi Gras, and start it all off with these babies. The other day we posted Vegan Shrimp Gumbo and listed some of our favorite Cajun and Creole recipes so you can have your own too. But in case you missed 'em - here they are:

OK - Enough of this chatter... let's git 'er done*&**. If this is your first time having fried pickles, you're in for a real treat... I hope you're ready to make a new favorite food memory!

Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles

  • 1 Jar of your favorite Dill Pickles (we choose chips that had been cut into ovals so they were bit larger, but spears or regular old chips will work)
  • 3 Cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Mustard Seed
  • 1 Teaspoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup White Flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
In a large pot or Dutch Oven, heat your Oil on hot.

In a large shallow bowl, mix Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Dry Bread Crumbs, Whole Wheat Flour, White Flour, and Nutritional Yeast with a whisk until it is blended completely.

One at a time, take your pickles with your left hand and drop them into the Flour Mix, and then coat with your right hand. Your hand being used to fish out pickles will get wet, and your other hand will get kind pasty - so if you keep each hand doing a separate job, the whole process is a little less messy and easier. Once you have a coating on your pickle you like, remove it with your right/wet and pasty hand and carefully drop into the hot Oil. They fry fast, so once you see the coating turn a nice light golden brown, remove the pickle with a slotted spoon and place it on a plate with a paper towel on it to soak up extra Oil. Just keep repeating this process till you've fried the whole jar. Once you get the hang of it, you can do a few at a time, but start off with one so you can see how fast they brown and if you want to adjust how much coating you're getting.

If you want a thicker coating, coat the Pickle like it says above and then set them aside for 30 seconds to kinda soak up the dry coating. You'll see the powdery coating start to get kinda pasty. Then recoat with the Flour Mix and drop in the Oil like is says above.

Serve warm, and if you're feeling like a more Southern BBQ experience, you can always add a little pot of Vegan Ranch Dressing or some Bourbon BBQ sauce to dip it in.

*Pew Pew Pew
** For all you vegans playing a Meet The Shannons drinking game at home : Liquid Smoke