Thursday, July 5, 2012

80(ish)--- Baked Beer Battered Pickles

Health-ified fair food # 1: beer breaded pickles.  Can you bake them to save on  fat and calories?  I say yes.

Pickles are a high sodium food.  But they are also cool, crunchy and delicious.  Pick your battles.  Pickle vs. potato chips?  Pickle wins every time.

Baked Beer Battered Pickles
Serves 6

6 large pickle spears
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup light beer
2 Tbsp pickle juice
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a baking sheet into the oven.  Whisk together cornmeal, flour, beer, pickle juice, salt and pepper.  Notice if your batter will coat a spoon.  If not, add additional cornmeal until desired thickness is achieved.

Wrap pickle spears in a paper towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.

When oven is preheated remove baking sheet from oven and spray lightly with baking spray.  Dip each spear into batter, coating evenly, and place directly onto sheet.  

Bake for ~12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.  Remove from oven when coating is crisp.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Info per 1 spear: 80 calories, 0.5 g fat, 2 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber

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