Fried pickle

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Fried pickles
Fried pickles with blue cheese dressing

Fried pickles are a snack food found commonly in the American South. They are made by deep-frying sliced battered dill pickles.

Fried dill pickles were popularized by Bernell "Fatman" Austin in 1963 at the Duchess Drive In located in Atkins, Arkansas.[1] The Fatman's Recipe is only known to his family and used once each year at the annual Picklefest in Atkins, held each May.[2] The recipe for Fried pickle at Wikibooks is a general one.[citation needed]

Fried pickles are served at food festivals and menus of individual and chain restaurants nationwide.[3][4][5] They can be eaten as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to other dishes.[6] Fried pickles are frequently served with a ranch or other creamy sauce for dipping.

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  1. ^ Jones, Janie and Jones, Wyatt (2010). Arkansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Globe Pequot Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7627-4894-5. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Nelson (2000). America Bizarro: A Guide to Freaky Festivals, Groovy Gatherings, Kooky Contests, and Other Strange Happenings Across the USA. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-312-26286-0. 
  3. ^ Alfeld, Beverly and Couch, Ron (2008). Pickles to Relish. Pelican Publishing. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-58980-489-0. 
  4. ^ Rowe, Trent (March 4, 2010). "Restaurant Review - Hooters (Lakeland, Fla)". The Ledger. 
  5. ^ Christiansen, J. and Campbell, L. (May 1, 1998). "Crocodile Lounge a high class swamp". Salt Lake City: The Deseret News. 
  6. ^ "Recipe: Fried pickles". The Accidental Scientist: Science of cooking.