Comfort food: those edibles that bring us to a safe, warm-fuzzy place–the gustatorial counterpart of sucking our thumbs while holding our worn flannel bankies next to our cheeks.
In the south, whatever comfort you find in your foods, they will most certainly be fried.
The smell of hot grease alone is enough to bring down a true southerner’s blood pressure a notch or two. Stick something in it while hot–anything; doesn’t much matter–and you’ve cooked up a batch of Southern Sedative. Let’s see. What might be fry-able. How ’bout pickles?
Yep. We went to two restaurants in Birmingham last weekend, and Fried Pickles were on the menu both places.
I hate to admit they were good. So good they made me want to curl up right there and take a nap.
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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.
I’m willing to try a fried pickle, but I don’t think I’d make a habit of it. I love this series of posts you’ve been making from the frontier.
My maternal grandmother made salmon patties, which were salmon mixed with egg and bread and made into patties and then fried. Ever heard of these? Probably fried squirrel with gravy and biscuits are about as rural a dish as I’ve eaten. The pickles at least don’t sound appetizing, you must admit.
Y’all act like you are from the south, but if you were, you would know that fried pickles are commonplace.