Thursday, February 9, 2012

Recipe: Oven Fried Pickles

In my attempt to eat healthier, one of the things I find hardest to replace is snacks.  Let’s be honest- sometimes an apple or veggie slices just don’t it for me.  I’m a salty/crunch snacker, so finding things to replace some of those items can be difficult, especially since I am not a big fan of “low-fat” versions of foods.  I would rather eat a little of the real thing the version where fat is replaced by chemicals.
                I have also recently become addicted to pintrest, which is kind of a like a visual way to favorite different things online.  It is great for organizing recipes you want to try, crafts to make, clothes you like, etc.  I have actually made several things I found on pintrest, so it isn’t just a way to waste time for me.  This recipe is inspired by something I saw there, but I tweaked it to make it even lower in points than the original recipe was. 
                This recipe for oven-fried pickles combines so many things I love.  Pickles, which I could eat a whole jar of by myself, crunchy breading, salt, etc.  Plus, it really is a very quick and easy recipe to make.  The pickles I used came from Whole Foods, and are kind of ridiculously expensive, but they are SO good, especially if you are a fan of Srirachi.  You can use any kind of pickles you want though, but they are best sliced into rounds for this recipe.

Oven Fried Pickles (6 WW points+ per serving, serves 2)

1 jar of pickles
1/8 cup flour
1 large egg and 1 large egg white
¾ cup Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Take pickles, and drain in a colander.  Pat dry with paper towels. 

Put into a Tupperware container, then sprinkle in the flour.  Put a top on shake until all the pickles are coated in flour.

Beat the egg and egg white together.  Dredge the pickles in the egg mixture, then in the panko, making sure to coat on both sides.

Lay coated pickles on racks on top of a baking sheet, without over lapping.  Spray with olive oil spray.

Bake for approximately 7 minutes, then flip, spray the other side, and bake for an additional 7 minutes.  Both sides should be nicely browned.

These are excellent on their own, and a little bit of ranch dip goes a long way.

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