Now this is a viral food trend I can get behind! Fried cheese and pickles aren't a new concept, but the pan-fry style where you wrap your pickle in the fried cheese has become really popular lately...and it's no wonder why! I had to try my hand at this because pickles and cheese are two of my favorite foods...and I combined them with another favorite: CHIPS!
ALSO: I made a TikTok showing how to make fried cheese and pickles if you'd rather get the low-down there.
Yes—my version of fried cheese and pickles uses spicy dill pickle chips (shoutout to Miss Vickies!) along with dill havarti (a must-try if you haven't), and garlic and dill pickle spears at the heart of it all.
Here's more great news: you only need three ingredients to make this recipe! I think that makes this the simplest recipe I've ever shared.
In most fried cheese and pickles recipes, you'll see they use cheddar or provolone. Those are obviously both great options but we're maximizing the dill flavor in this recipe by choosing DILL HAVARTI instead.
If you've never tried it...add it to your shopping list right away! It's a really mild and soft cheese that melts beautifully.
You can't go wrong adding it to a charcuterie board either!
Head to the cheese counter at your grocery store and you'll usually find dill havarti there. I don't usually see it in the regular produce section but the normal sliced cheddar, etc. But most grocery stores do have it—it's easy to find!
Here's another excellent vegetarian snack you should try: LOADED VEGETARIAN BEEF NACHOS WITH GARDEIN BEEFLESS GROUND
Spicy dill pickle chips
When Miss Vickies launched their spicy dill pickle chips, I swear I've never seen people more excited about a chip flavor! If you can't get your hands on this flavor, other dill pickle chips will work too.
You're just going to need a small handful of them which you'll sprinkle on top of the cheese as it melts. Even though the cheese gets crunchy and crispy, it adds even more crunch that I just can't get enough of. With the spicy dill pickle chips too, you get an extra kick.
I use garlic and dill pickle spears. I love the size of them, but you can use a full pickle if you'd rather do that than use spears.
In the mood for more fried food? Try this next: Crispy Pan Fried Halloumi with Hot Honey & Garlic
Fried Cheese and Pickles: Options
Feel free to play around with the type of chips you use for pickles in a blanket. I suspect salt and pepper chips, salt and vinegar chips, or a really thick crinkle-cut chip would be so good!
You can also use different cheese but you do want to be sure it melts nicely so it stays together while it cooks. Then, you can roll it nicely into the gorgeous little pickle in a blanket you see here.
Fried Cheese and Pickles: My Take on Pickles in a Blanket
- 1 garlic and dill pickle spear
- ⅓ cup dill havarti shredded, or more
- ¼ cup spicy dill pickle chips a small handful, crushed up
- Crush a small handful of spicy dill pickle chips.
- Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shredded cheese in a circle shape. Use your spatula to mold the edges and push the cheese into a circle shape. It will spread as it cooks, so you'll do this continually.
- Once the cheese is about half melted, add the crushed chips on top.
- When all of the cheese is melted, place the pickle skewer in the middle.
- Let it cook for a few more minutes, until the cheese is crispy and you can use your spatula to roll the edges to form the pickle in a blanket.
- Serve hot on its own or with ranch or your favorite dipping sauce.
This isn't my only recipe that uses pickles and dill pickle chips either! My dill pickle grilled cheese has chips inside of it and of course, lots of cheese and pickles! Another one you might like is my Vegetarian Big Mac Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Let me know what you think!