I am thrilled to pieces and am actually quite SHOCKED, or should I say…STILL in shock, at how much my hubby LOVED these!! As you know, my hubby practically has to be forced-fed veggies.
Not easy to do, either. He’s 6′ and I’m 5′ 1 1/2″. (Yes, when you’re short, just as when you were a child, that 1/2″ means a LOT.)
But it’s really difficult for a shortie like me to actually toss veggies into his mouth and not bounce them off of his nose…or chin…or hit him in the eye. On accident. 😉 I’m a really bad shot. 😉 And our cat just bats around the misses that land all over the kitchen floor. *sigh*. 😉
But seriously, not kidding now, having him enjoy this so much made me extremely happy needless to say! My mom used to make “fried cucumber slices” when we were kids, but she simply peeled them, dredged them in seasoned flour that was just salt and pepper, then fried them in just a little butter and/or oil.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I LOVED them and as the odd kid I was, loved to dip those deep golden, sweet slices into – – ketchup. Ketchup seemed to be the condiment of choice when we were kids in the 60’s and ’70’s, though!! EVERYTHING went with ketchup! 😀 What did we know? 😉 We played with rocks and sticks and were perfectly happy. 😉
Welp, I had one last cucumber to use that my neighbors had given me from their garden, and decided to take another stroll down memory lane straight to the backyard of my childhood!
What to do with that last cuke? My first thought? Fry it! 😀 But I didn’t want to do it the same way as my mom did, I wanted to really kick it up a little and go with my beer batter. But even THAT didn’t sound special enough, so I thought that the cool taste of cucumbers would be really nice with a Ranch flavor! So Ranch it was.
I’ve been using a LOT of Ranch lately.
And today was going to be no different. 😉 I not only added it to the batter, but made a nice kicked-up Ranch sauce for dipping as well! Because I’m greedy like that. 😉
So after peeling the cuke, I decided that I really didn’t want the seeds and “goop” on the inside, and simply used my 1 1/2″ biscuit cutter to cut out the centers and make rings! 😀 I used a cake decorating tip to cut out the smaller slices near the ends, which ended up working out very nicely! 😀
And so did the simple batter!! Just be sure to pat the cuke slices dry and coat them WELL. Then they’ll fry up beautifully!! 😀
As you can see above, they aren’t quite done. If you remove them at this point they could be really soggy, so make sure you get a nice color before removing so that they have a delicately crunchy coating!
And here they are all done and just gorgeous! I love the beautiful, rich, deep golden brown colors that they take on! A very tasty, lightly crunchy batter on the outside, and a tender sweet cucumber ring on the inside! And the dipping sauce was the perfect accompaniment! Ranch salad dressing with a touch of sweetness from the honey, a nice cool tanginess from the Key Lime juice, with a little added fresh-minced flat leaf parsley from my herb garden!
Plated and garnished with a sprig more of flat leaf parsley, and it sure makes for a pretty presentation, doesn’t it? 😀 Don’t you want to just reach in and grab one? 😀 SO easy to make, MINIMAL ingredients that you’re likely to already have on hand, so what are you waiting for? Add this as a new appetizer or side dish for your next party or meal for the fam soon! 😀 ONE way to get picky eaters to enjoy yet another vegetable, right?! 😉 😀
I do hope that you make these soon! My hubby liked them just as much, if not even BETTER, than my Fried Zucchini, which to me is hard to believe! BOTH were inhaled and fully enjoyed, so that’s all that matters to me! 😉
So enjoy all, and I’ll see you soon! 😀 ~Kelly
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