This fried dill pickle and ranch dip is a true taste of the south. Tangy dill pickles in a creamy dip seasoned with a homemade ranch dressing mix, tons of fresh herbs and crunchy, toasted panko. Using fresh ingredients takes this dip recipe to the next level!
All about this Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip
- Flavor: tangy, briny, and packed with fresh herbs. This dill forward dip is the perfect combination of the onion and dill flavoring of homemade ranch dressing, with the briny tang of dill pickles.
- Texture: smooth and creamy thanks to the combination of cream cheese and sour cream, plus the light crunch from the toasted panko which gives the texture of fried pickles.
- Ease: this dip comes together with easily accessible ingredients and only 10 minutes of time! Best part is this dip is budget friendly and a fun snack to serve for family and friends.
Notes on Some Ingredients
- Sour Cream: can be substituted with plain greek yogurt
- Chives & Dill: this recipe calls fo fresh herbs, but dried can be substituted, use 1 teaspoon of dried dill and chives in place of fresh.
- Pickles: this recipe uses dill pickles. My personal favorites are Claussen pickles, found in the refrigerated section. Or a brand called Grillo’s which is as close to homemade as you can buy, which I find at Costco.
- Panko is a Japanese style breadcrumb that has a light and flaky texture. There are some gluten free options available at the market if needed.
How to Make
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the panko.
- Stir the panko while it toasts. Once the panko is a golden color, remove from the heat.
- Combine the cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
- Add the seasonings, herbs and pickles to the dip. Stir to combine. Stir about half of the toasted panko into the dip and keep the rest for a topping.
What to Serve Fried Pickle and Ranch Dip
- Potato chips
- Bagel chips
- Pita chips
- Toasted baguette
- Pretzel Thins
- Fresh vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, celery, or bell peppers.
What else can I use this dip for?
- This dill pickle dip works great as a spread on sandwiches, wraps and tortilla rollups.
- Slather on top of a burger or fried chicken sandwich.
- Spice: add some heat by chopping up some pickled jalapeños to add in with the pickles. Or add some cayenne or hot sauce to the dip if desired.
- For even more pickle flavoring, pour in some of the pickle juice to the dip with the sour cream and cream cheese and mix to combine.
- Add some extra diced veggies for more flavoring and crunch. Some diced red onion or fresh diced cucumber would be great additions.
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