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    French Fried Smelt

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    25 mins

    20 mins

    5 mins

    Molly53's Note:

    A perfect appetizer or tapas presentation. Fresh sardines (about the size of a woman's pinky finger) may be substituted if smelt are unavailable. Overnight brining time not included in preparation time. From the Mississippi Valley chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 1 lb smelt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon cream
    • 1/2 cup cracker, finely crushed
    • salt and pepper

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Remove small scales with a sharp knife and slit the fish; clean.
    2. 2
      After the smelt are cleaned, place in salt water and refrigerate overnight.
    3. 3
      Drain very well.
    4. 4
      Add salt, pepper, and cream to egg and beat together.
    5. 5
      Dip fish into mixture, then roll in cracker crumbs.
    6. 6
      Fry in deep hot fat (370F) until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Serve with tartar sauce.

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    Nutritional Facts for French Fried Smelt

    Serving Size: 1 (272 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 430.4
     
    Calories from Fat 147
    34%
    Total Fat 16.3 g
    25%
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    21%
    Cholesterol 318.3 mg
    106%
    Sodium 364.8 mg
    15%
    Total Carbohydrate 11.3 g
    3%
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    1%
    Sugars 0.5 g
    2%
    Protein 55.9 g
    111%

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