Today is a very special post – because I am dedicating it to one of the most amazing women I know – my Biffer!
(For those of you who don’t know, that’s what my sister Lindley and I call each other.)
Why today? Because it’s her birthday!!!! Last night she kept texting me her age – I’m hoping it was because it was the last day she could say the younger year opposed to having to remind herself. Hey, senility is a serious problem for the elderly!
All kidding aside (for now), I truly value my relationship with my sister – I have always looked up to her. I still do today, and likely, I always will. Her relationship with the Lord is truly inspirational, and it shines through her in her daily life. Her marriage (to my rockin’ brother-in-law) of almost 13 years is a wonderful example for my husband and I. And she’s an amazing mother to my 4 adorably silly nephews. Yes, that’s 4 boys. And a husband. And a dog. And well, putting up with me sometimes. Let’s get this woman a cape already!
Somebody as special as my Biffer deserves a treat, right? We love having Biffer nights out…and they usually involve some yummy food, beverages and a fun activity. I remember visiting her at IU – we had planned a Biffer craft night where we made lots of fun stuff and watched Moulin Rouge. But before such an intense evening, we needed some fuel. So we went to a local restaurant/bar simply because of an offering on their menu – fried dill pickles.
Now, some may turn up their nose at the sound of fried dill pickles. Especially if you are a
semi-rational person freak and don’t like pickles. But they have been a favorite of ours since our childhood when we’d take road trips down to Gulfport, Mississippi to visit my grandparents and eat at the Catfish Shack (sounds pretty classy right?). We actually consider ourselves connoisseurs of the fried pickle – like if a place offers the fried pickle spears, psh, no thank you! It must be the chips!
Whether it was me picking up a to-go order of fried pickles for her during her first pregnancy, or us shoving down an order before going to see Top Gun (she loves Tommy C.) at the Orpheum, fried dill pickles will always make me think of my Biffer.
So today, in honor of my Biffer turning 30 + some, I am sharing a recipe for Faux Fried Pickles – a healthier way to enjoy our obsession!
Faux Fried Pickles (Serves 2-4 / 8 WW points total)
Half a 16 oz. jar thick cut, oval dill pickle chips (I used about 24 slices)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. Tabasco
1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/3 cup fat-free Ranch dressing
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a medium baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Lay your pickles on some paper towels and blot to dry.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg, Worcestershire and Tabasco. In a medium dish, mix together breadcrumbs, flour and seasonings. Working in batches, add pickles to the egg mixture to coat. Let any excess drip off, and then add to the crumb mixture. Press pickles into the mixture to ensure a good coating, then add to greased baking sheet. Repeat until all pickles are good and coated. Bake 10-12 minutes, then flip and cook another 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
Serve hot with some ranch dressing for dipping.
Hope y’all enjoy…
And Happy Birthday Biffer!