Smelts are very flavorful, similar to but less pungent than anchovies. The popularity of this dish in our family waxes and wanes; it's a simple recipe but there is a lot of prep work, and it certainly makes the house smell like fish when they are frying up!
I got Dorothy excited about making them in spring 2013 after some 10+ years. I simply said that I missed them, which I did! They remind me of many Thanksgiving dinners at our house in Smoke Rise. Back then had a fantastic and noble dining room and this was the stinky prince that presided!
Recipe... so simple!
- remove the head and fillet each fish
- dredge through flour
- fry in 1/4" of vegetable oil until medium brown
- share and enjoy!