The Southern Nacho

Great for game day or anytime you want a hearty, tasty, flavorful snack!

This is an easy-peasy appetizer to quickly assemble and please everyone in the crowd!  The combination of the flavorful pork (I use a Mojo/Cuban version) along with the creamy pimento cheese, and the spicy pickle riding on a Ritz cracker creates a mouth-watering flavor profile that is as memorable as it is delicious!  This is proof positive that food doesn’t have to be time consuming to be good!  Adjust the amounts of your ingredients according to your crowd size, and by the way…..if you don’t have the pork, no worries… pimento cheese, pickle, and Ritz crackers is pretty darn tasty!!!  (However, don’t try and substitute some other kind of pickle…it won’t work…there’s nothing like a Rootie’s!)

 

Ingredients

Ritz Crackers or slider buns

Pulled Pork (warmed)

Pimento Cheese

Rootie’s Pickles (Hot or Originals)

 

Layer pimento cheese, pork, and pickle onto cracker or bun - enjoy!!!

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Rootie's Relish Ideas

Use Rootie’s Relish in dishes where you use any pickle relish.  Rootie’s adds something extra that makes your dishes unique and extra special. 

 

It is so yummy on hot dogs and brats—a spicy addition for game day!  Use it in deviled eggs, pasta salads and tuna fish-it takes care of any flavoring you need.  Even good with peas and cornbread for those Southern vegetable dinners!

Or take a block of cream cheese, cover with relish, and add some crackers.  Presto!  Chang-o!  You have a wonderful and colorful appetizer!

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Rootie's Dill Pickle Cheese Bread

Ingredients

1/2 c. sour cream 

1/2 c. vegetable oil 

2 large eggs 

1 tbsp. sugar 

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder 

1/2 tsp. kosher salt 

1 tbsp. Rootie’s Pickle juice – Hot or Original

1/2 c. chopped Rootie’s Pickles – Hot or Original 

1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill, or 2 tsp. dried dill

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″-x-5″ loaf pan with parchment paper. 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, vegetable oil, eggs and sugar until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, salt and Rootie’s pickle juice – stir until combined. Fold in chopped Rootie’s Pickles, cheddar cheese, and dill. Pour batter into a loaf pan. 

  • Bake until the bread is golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean, 40 minutes. Cool completely before slicing. 

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Rootie's Pickles Cupcakes

Even Rootie’s Pickles for dessert!  Try this pickle cupcake recipe for true pickle lovers!

Ingredients

 

For the cupcakes:                                

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c.sour cream

2 eggs

1/4 c. Rootie’s pickle juice – Hot or Original

1/4 c. chopped Rootie’s Pickles, drained – Hot or Original

 

For the frosting: 

1/2 c. butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 c. powdered sugar

3 tbsp. bourbon (optional)

Pickle slices, for garnish – drain well

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat until combined. Add sour cream and Rootie’s pickle juice and beat until evenly mixed. Then stir in the flour mixture and chopped pickles until just combined. 

  • Scoop about a ¼ cup of the batter into each cupcake liner and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely. 

  • Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, and optional bourbon and beat until smooth.

  • Spread frosting onto each cupcake and garnish with a Rootie’s Pickle slice. 

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Rootie's Fried Pickles

I have to be honest, I never understood the popularity of fried pickles until I had some Rootie’s Fried Pickles.  Yall, they are THE BEST!  At home, I use an egg and milk batter, then dip them in flour.  One of my restaurants uses a basic club soda batter…so, basically, you can pick your favorite batter.  Same goes for the dipping sauce.  I have listed a few options for you below, but really, you don’t have to have a recipe for this….just use your imagination!

Fried Pickles #1

 

Ingredients

1 egg, beaten 

1 cup milk 

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 quart Rootie’s Pickles, drained 

1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying 

 

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg, milk, and 1 tablespoon of flour. In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining flour, add salt and pepper if desired.

  • Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer or heavy deep skillet. Dip pickle slices into the milk mixture, then into the flour mixture. Repeat dipping.

  • Place the pickles carefully into the hot oil. Avoid overcrowdingcrystal by frying in several batches. Fry until pickles float to the surface, and are golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

Fried Pickles #2

 

Ingredients

2 Cups Rootie’s Pickles – Hot or Originals, drained

peanut or vegetable oil

½ cup all purpose flour

salt (optional)

 

Directions

  • 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 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.

Ranch Dressing

Use it right out of the bottle

 

Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce

1 cup Ranch dip

2 T. hot sauce, like Frank’s or Tabasco

½ t. cayenne pepper

Dipping Sauces

 

Horseradish Sauce                 

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon drained horseradish

2 teaspoons ketchup

Don't Let The Juice Get Loose

When you finish eating a jar of Rootie’s Pickles, don’t toss the juice!  You can use it in a variety of delicious ways!

 

Like these:

  • Marinate chicken – makes it tender and tasty for grilling!

  • Pickle your own stuff!    Use the Rootie’s juice and make your own customized pickled veggies!

  • Add the juice to homemade soups or stews for a little zest in the taste!

  • Put some of the juice in a Bloody Mary for a memorable brunch beverage!

 

Let me know how you use your Rootie’s Pickle Juice – I would love to post your ideas for everyone to see!

Pictured to the right:  Homemade spicy vodka bloody mary cocktail

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More Great Pickle Ideas

Like these:

  • Add them to any sandwich!  BBQ, turkey, ham you name it!

  • Pimento cheese + cracker + pickle = PERFECTION!

  • Chop them up and add them to slaw for a great flavor perk!

  • Eat them right out of the jar!