i only gave this three stars, because i do not believe sliced pickles should ever be used (they absorb too much oil), and rolling in flour after dipping in such a thin batter may have tasted ok, but it the finished result just LOOKED unappetizing. but it could very easily have five...
here is how i turned a 3 star recipe into a 5 star treat.
1. Use pickle SPEARS instead of slices. they stay crisper.
2. Leave out the cornmeal.
3. instead of saving most of the flour to dredge in, dump ALL ingredients into a bowl and wisk to make a smooth, THICK batter.
4. dip pickle spears into batter, drop into hot oil, fry to golden brown.
5. drain on paper toweling.
6. try dipping in thousand island instead of ranch, YUMMY!
for the record, i used regular milk instead of buttermilk, i eyeballed the ingredients instead of measuring them, and i increased the hot pepper sauce a bit to compensate for being out of cayenne pepper.
i tested this recipe out so i could decide whether or not to bring it as a side dish to a BBQ later tonight... i'm on my way back to the store now to buy two more jars of pickles!
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i only gave this three stars, because i do not believe sliced pickles should ever be used...