17 Best Recipes That Put a Pickle on It
Here's one for fans of fermented veggies! We have a barrel full of pickle recipes on this site. And you'll need them! Because we've gathered together top-rated recipes that feature pickles prominently. These prized picks use pickles to add tangy goodness and crispy crunch to recipes from bacon-wrapped pickles to pickletinis. Give ‘em a try, pickle people!
Chef John's Cuban Sandwich
Tangy sauce and pickles balance out the richness of the cheese and meats. Layer Cuban bread with Swiss cheese and smoked ham. Pile on shredded pork or carnitas, along with wide slices of dill pickle and a couple more slices of Swiss. Toast in a pan with a heavy press, or use a panini press. "I like to use pulled pork," says Chef John. "Carnitas would work too. These ingredients and amounts are open to your own personal preferences, but here's the general idea."
Magic Pickle Dip
Lots of reviewers said they made this dip instead of pickle wraps. "My favorite dip by far! Sometimes I pour in a little bit of the juice from the pickles to make it softer for dipping with Wheat Thins," says Anne.
Chicago-Style Hot Dog
"The Chicago Dog is a Windy City classic, and a big favorite with sports fans," says elsaw. "The frank must be all-beef, the bun must be poppyseed, the ingredients must be piled onto the bun in the order specified, with a pickle perched proudly on top. And whatever you do, don't spoil the splendor with ketchup!"
Deep Fried Dill Pickles
Dip your dills into a spicy buttermilk batter, then roll them in a cornmeal mixture, and fry to a crunchy golden brown. "This recipe also works well with other pickled vegetables, like pickled peppers," says MARBALET.
Chicago-Inspired Italian Beef Sandwich
We're not done with Chicago-inspired pickle-related delights. You'll top the tender beef with chopped pickled vegetables (Giardiniera). Chef John's version of the classic Italian beef sandwich calls for stew beef instead of sliced roast beef, which might cause native Chicagoans some mild distress. But it's okay, folks, because this sandwich amazes. The beef stews with lots of sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and herbs in chicken broth spiked with a touch of vinegar.
Dill Pickle Salsa
"Dill pickles are probably my greatest food vice, " says duboo, "with a good salsa being a close second. Why not combine them?" Can't think of a single reason here.
Chef John's Beef Rouladen
Beef rolls with a pickle prize in the center! "For something that looks and tastes as impressive as this beef rouladen, it's actually one of the simplest stuffed meat recipes I know. You can pretty much use any cheap cut of beef; I used round steak, but rump, chuck, flap meat, and other similar cuts will work."
"You can pretty much wrap anything in bacon, including pickles!" says recipe creator France C. "These are perfect for game day or any time of year. Thick-cut bacon doesn't work as well for these, so use the thinner slices. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing. These are also tasty dipped in Buffalo sauce."
"If you like pickles, you'll love this," says acpazian. "It's like a dirty martini, but with pickle juice."
Chicken, Pickles, and Potatoes
"If you love pickles you will love this," says Kristie. "Chicken thighs are browned and cooked with potatoes, carrots, pickles and black olives. Sounds scary I know but trust me it's good."
Bacon Jack Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken, crisp bacon, Jack cheese on a burger bun — and pickles make it perfect. "This was great grilled with farmers market cheddar bacon and brioche bun," says Michelle.
Grilled Cheese, Pickle and Vidalia Onion Sandwich
"I always enjoy pickles on the side with my basic grilled cheese sandwich," says Lainey. "So one day I decided just to put my pickles on the sandwich in addition to some other favorite ingredients. I think it turned out really delicious!"
Cream Cheese Pickles
Here's a super-simple appetizer for pickle people. You'll spread cream cheese on sour dills and wrap them up in thin slices of luncheon meat. "These are SO good," says TRAVELNURSE74. "Although I am not a fan of dill pickles, I love this appetizer. I could eat them all the time. My personal favorite is with ham. I add a tad bit of horseradish to the cream cheese, too. A recommendation so it isn't so messy. Dry off the meat slices first and spread the cheese on the meat, not the pickles. Very easy and YUMMY!"
Dill Pickle Macaroni and Cheese
Pickle relish plays to win in this mac-and-cheese recipe, which also gets a kick from Sriracha sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. "Dill pickle relish adds a bit of crunch and a ton of flavor to traditional, creamy baked macaroni and cheese," says lutzflcat.
Garlicky Bacon and Pickle Pizza
Put the pickles on a pizza! "Garlic, two kinds of cheeses, bacon, and pickles come together in this fun and unique pizza," says Soup Loving Nicole. "Gouda cheese is equally delicious in this recipe, so feel free to substitute if for the pepper Jack if desired."
Dill Pickle Chicken
"A succulent chicken dish that has a thick rich tangy sauce perfect for dipping crusty bread," says MSMUM1977. "I like to serve this over plain noodles, sometimes topping it with Cheddar cheese. Yum, yum, yum. It is super simple and uses ingredients most households always have on hand. Although dill pickles are added, the dish doesn't taste a bit like pickles; however, they definitely make the dish by adding a special something. Warning — this a lick-your-fingers recipe!"
"Use brine left over from your favorite pickles to add flavor and keep your fried chicken moist," says recipe creator Cally. Pat Nugent adds, "Do not use the same recipe brine for your fried chicken that you use to make homemade pickles. Way too strong. Just regular pickle juice does the trick."