Sunday, August 12, 2018

Looking Ahead To Labor Day

by Amy Flowers of Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

I know, I know...I don't want summer to end yet either! Although, I do enjoy fall. But, for now, let's plan our Labor Day celebration. Here at the Down South Cafe, we can get you a box of fried chicken ready if you put your order in early enough. And Jackie and I always have some pies, cakes, and banana pudding on hand.

But, if you really want to bring something unique to that family get-together, why don't you take along some fried pickles? I use a recipe from the Food Network called Almost-Famous Fried Pickles. Be sure to click the Food Network link for full information (including a photo and preparation video), but I'm posting the recipe below:

Almost-Famous Fried Pickles

Ingredients
For the sauce:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon drained horseradish
2 teaspoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
For the pickles:
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
2 cups sliced dill pickles, drained

Directions

Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, horseradish, ketchup and Cajun seasoning in a bowl; set aside.

Fry the pickles: Heat 1 inch peanut oil in a pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl until smooth. Spread the pickles on paper towels and pat dry.

Add half of the pickles to the batter and toss to coat. Remove from the batter using a slotted spoon, letting the excess drip off, and add to the oil one at a time. Fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Return the oil to 375 degrees F and repeat with the remaining pickles and batter. Serve immediately with the prepared sauce.


Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

What's your favorite Labor Day treat? Comment below for a chance to win today's giveaway!

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35 comments:

  1. A favorite treat for Labor Day would be a cold, home grown watermelon. Dbahn@iw.net

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  2. We like hamburgers and hot dogs. I would love to try the recipe but I have to follow gluten free.
    debby236 at gm ail dot com

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  3. Labor Day weekend has always meant the last big cookout of the Summer to me! Hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, chips & dip, strawberry shortcake, watermelon! Maybe I should start adding fried pickles, as they are delicious!
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  4. I think my favorite treat for Labor Day is any kind of Jello Salad. It's so hot at the end of summer, so that cold sweet treat really hits the spot.
    Thanks for having this great giveaway!
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  5. My favorite Labor Day treat is Cherry Cheesecake Pie. Thanks for the chance to win these books. They look really good. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. I like to have corn on the cob because Labor Day means local corn won’t be around much longer
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  7. A Labor Day treat which I enjoy and look forward to is a Kale salad with all the summer veggies which I will miss through the winter. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Each Labor Day is a lovely occasion for our family so I create dishes which everyone loves. My favorite is roasted brussels sprouts. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. The pickles sound yummy. Thanks for the recipe. Labor Day is always another picnic day, so two of my favorites are my mom's recipe for macaroni and potato salads. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Potato Salad. My husband always adds dill, and we love it that way. Zibbby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. Cold watermelon and cantaloupe. Yum! lkleback at hotmail.com

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  12. Blonde brownies make a great Labor Day treat.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Hard to say. We don't make a big deal about Labor Day.
    libbydod at comcast dot net

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  14. Brats are always my go to for a picnic! Thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  15. I love cooking out and having some deviled eggs to go with it!! Thirdangelfrmlft@aol.com

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  16. Our Special Olympics Fall Festival Booth sells fried pickles. Also pickle shots and pickle flavored popcorn. The Festival runs the first full week of October. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  17. Sweet corn....lol. Won’t be long before it’s history for the year! Cantaloupe and watermelon!

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  18. I like having barbecue ribs on Labor Day and watermelon for dessert. The friend pickles look so good, will have to try them.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I love hamburgers cooked on the grill. I also have to ice-cold watermelon. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Grilled vegetables and fruit salad.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. Labor Day is cool fall weather where I live. My favorite Labor Day food is chili. I hold off making it until Labor Day so it signals the start of fall, even though temps start hanging around the 50’s and 60’s in August. Thank you for the chance to win your books!
    cristinaalaska(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Burgers, fresh corn on the cob and my home-made potato salad. YUM!! Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  23. Deviled eggs are my favorite treat for any holiday. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. It's got to be watermelon. Thanks for a chance to win.
    babemomara@att.net

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  25. Anything grilled is great for Labor Day-spareribs or burgers and the trimmings.
    gda523(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. BBQ for me and yes, cold watermelon.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  27. My father-in-law's birthday is near Labor Day, so we always celebrate then. That makes our traditional Labor Day food Birthday Cake! Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  28. I love to take cherry cheesecake to my Labor Day functions. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I like to get in the last bit of local sweet corn.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I love sweet corn, fruit salad, jello, & anything else to go with, plus ice tea or a glass of wine. Of course, dessert is ice cream. The cover with the Persian cat, is so cute. My childhood pet was a Shaded Silver persian called Silver Belle. I would like to find a rescue one to enjoy in my retirement. Debbie Wroblewski email is Jsister98@gmail.com

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  31. Don't make a big deal out Labor Day, it's just another day for me.

    Becky Prazak
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  32. Where has this summer gone to??? Labor Day is soon to be here and I still have a list of things my family wanted to accomplish. Your recipe for fried pickles sounds enticing and I've added it to my list of must tries. Being that my birthday falls usually on Labor Day weekend I am usually treated with a coconut cream pie or a carrot cake. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. homemade fruit pies from summer's bounty are my fave!!

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  34. The random number generator chose #28, jnalpath! Congratulations! I've sent you an email. Thanks to everyone who commented. I want to come to ALL your Labor Day festivities! Birthday cake, watermelon, burgers, potato salad, cheesecake, deviled eggs... HECK YEAH! :D

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  35. I don't have a favorite Labor Day food, but I would like to chase down a funnel cake before summer ends.
    browninggloria at hotmail dot com

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