Quick and Easy
4 to 6 cups vegetable oil 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsps dry ranch dressing mix (from 1-oz package) 4 eggs beaten 2 cups panko crispy bread crumbs 12 crisp pickle spears
Heat oil in deep fryer or 12-inch skillet to 375 degrees
Meanwhile, in shallow bowl, stir together flour and dressing mix. In another shallow bowl, beat eggs with whisk. In third shallow bowl, place bread crumbs.
Dip each pickle spear into flour mixture, then into egg. Dip into flour a second time, then into egg a second time. Coat pickle spear with bread crumbs.
After all pickles have been breaded, fry in hot oil 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, or until deep golden brown. Drain fried pickles on cooling rack or paper towels. .For the crispiest pickle spears, buy whole pickles from the refrigerated section of your supermarket, and cut them into spears for the recipe.
For a thinner breading, you can replace 2 of the eggs with 1 cup milk, and only dip in the flour and egg once, instead of twice.
BUFFALO CHICKEN AND POTATOES CASSEROLE
1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut to 1-inch strips 1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce 6 cups frozen (thawed) southern-style hash brown potatoes 1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz) 1 can condensed cream of celery soup 1/2 cup corn flake crumbs 2 tbsps. butter or margarine, melted 1/4 cup chopped green onions (3 to 4 medium)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
In medium bowl, stir together chicken strips and wing sauce.
In large bowl, stir together potatoes, dressing, cheese and soup. Spoon into baking dish. Place chicken strips in single layer over potato mixture.
In small bowl, stir together crumbs and butter. Sprinkle in baking dish.
Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes; uncover and bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. Sprinkle with green onions. .For authentic flavor, go with red hot buffalo wing sauce. Other flavors to try include teriyaki, sweet and sour or barbecue.
For a cheesy hash brown side dish, omit the chicken and wing sauce. Serve casserole with barbecued chicken or baked ham.
Try using precut chicken tenders to make prep time shorter.