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Beer-Battered Fried Pickles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chickpea flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 1/4 cups light beer
  • 24 dill pickle chips
  • 3 cups vegetable oil, for frying

Steps

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the chickpea flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt and cayenne. Whisk in the beer. If the batter is stiff, add more beer. Allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. In a cast-iron pan, heat 3 to 4 inches of canola oil to 360 to 375 degrees. (It’s important that the oil be hot enough for the vegetables to cook quickly without absorbing much oil. Use a deep-fry thermometer, and make sure to bring the oil back up to temperature between batches.)
  3. Working in batches, dip the pickles in the batter to coat thoroughly, and carefully place in the hot oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until a golden brown crust forms.
  4. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.