Port Washington Fried Smelt

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 13
    cups flour
  • 1 14 - 1 12
    cups water, plus more as needed
  • 1
    cup beer
  • 20
    unsalted saltine crackers, crushed fine
  • 12
  • 1
    (48 ounce) bottle peanut oil or (48 ounce) bottle vegetable oil
  • 2
    lbs cleaned fresh smelt
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DIRECTIONS

  • Whisk together the flour, 1 1/4 cups water and beer in a large bowl until smooth; add more water, if needed, to make a thin batter.
  • Combine crackers and cornmeal in a pie plate.
  • Heat oven to 200°.
  • Heat oil in a heavy, deep saucepan over medium-high heat until temperature reads 375°.
  • Dip smelt a few at a time into beer batter, allowing excess to drip off; roll lightly in cracker mixture.
  • Add smelts to hot oil in batches; cook, turning occasionally, until crisp and browned on all sides, about 3 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and keep warm in oven while frying the remaining smelt.
  • Serve hot.
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