Pickles aren't America's newest obsession, but they might be one of the longest and most enduring specialties. The best dill pickles are homemade, fermented to perfect sweetness and tanginess, and easily replicated at home in the summertime through canning. However, sometimes you just want something that tastes like pickles because when you love something, you want all of it, all of the time.
So here are the best pickle recipes of things that aren't pickles, but are disguised as pickle-flavored.
1. Dill Pickle Dip
Step aside French Onion dip, there's a new classic on the menu. This dip combines the best of dill and fresh pickles to create a creamy masterpiece that's just begging for a bag of Lays.
Find the recipe here, it's perfect for any backyard party or barbecue.
2. Creamy Dill Pickle Dressing
Salad dressings can have so many unhealthy benefits hidden inside from a high fat content to a high sugar ratio. This dill pickle salad dressing version uses the health benefits of pickles to your full advantage.
Make a big batch of this and have refrigerator dill pickles salad dressing for the next two weeks ready to go. Find the recipe here.
3. Dill Pickle Cheeseball
Why fiddle around with the details when you can have your two favorite foods in one? This dill pickle cheeseball comes together in literally no time at all.
The fresh dill on top of the cheeseball really ties the whole recipe together. Find the recipe here.
4. Dill Pickle Hummus
Tangy and sweet pickles take on a Middle Eastern twist with this hummus recipe that combines the best of both worlds through tahini and dill pickles.
To add depth to the flavors, toss in a few coriander seeds with the garlic cloves. Find the recipe here.
5. Dill Pickle Seasoning
If you're a true pickle lover, this is the answer to your prayers. Put this dill pickle seasoning on everything -- seriously, everything.
Popcorn, bagel schmear, the world is your pickle making oyster with dill seed abound! For extra tang, add some ground mustard seeds. Find the recipe here.
6. Dill Pickle Raw Sauerkraut
This raw sauerkraut recipe is an easy way to combine two complimentary obsessions and only uses four ingredients.
You actually pickle the cucumbers in the water bath so the flavors form together, a less time consuming wait than waiting to ferment each separately using the white vinegar approach. Find the recipe here.
7. Dill Pickle Vodka Martini
So you want a salty, tangy cocktail without dumping kosher salt into your drink? This martini using pickle infused vodka is exactly what you've been looking for.
You should always keep dill pickle vodka on hand because, well, just because it's that delicious. Find the recipe here.
8. Dill Pickle Soup
This soup is an interesting take on a heartier soup with the traditional mirepoix of carrots, pickles, and potatoes. These base flavors are accentuated with some seriously inspired seasoning choices.
Find the recipe here and just dump that Old Bay in, y'all.
9. Dill Pickle Zucchini Chips
Are you gluten-free, or just looking to cut down on your carb intake? These zucchini chips are just the thing to replace those classic Lay's, and would be delicious dipped in the dill pickle dip above.
With only six ingredients, this is a clean eating snack you'll feel good about eating. Find the recipe here.
10. Mango Pickle
As Americans, we're fairly slow to adapt international flavors to our dishes. This recipe for avakaya, an Indian recipe for mango pickles, is the best introduction to Indian flavors.
The sweet of the mango combines with the tang of the pickles, and the red chile powder adds heat to the entire spread. Find the recipe here.
11. Dill Pickle Bloody Mary
Remember when we talked about dill pickle infused vodka? This is another recipe where it would come in handy. Who doesn't love the healing powers of a Bloody Mary when you're quite hungover?
I want to make these just for the presentation -- how happy do these Bloodies look?! Find the recipe here.
12. Chocolate Pickles
For only four ingredients, these chocolate pickles are some kind of magic cooked up in Molly Yeh's kitchen. Where's the fun in eating pickles plain when you can cover them in chocolate?
Don't be scared! Find the recipe here.
13. Candied Pickles
Again from the farm fresh wizard Molly Yeh comes this recipe for candied pickles that are delicious on top of ice cream. Seriously, y'all.
These store exceptionally well, just be sure to let them cool in the final step. Find the recipe here.
14. Pineapple Pickle Bundt Cake
A pickle bundt cake?! Is this a Southerner's dream? You're not dreaming at all - this recipe uses Vlasic's Kosher Dill Spears and puts them to good use.
Find the recipe here.