Yogurt Dill Dip with Guinness Beer Bread The secret to this creamy and yummy lo-cal dip is the blend of plain Greek yogurt, reduced-fat sour cream and olive oil mayonnaise. Not only is this dip fantastic with fresh vegetables and beer bread, it’s super served …
Irish Beef Stew This delicious recipe for Irish Beef Stew comes to you via Chef John at Food Wishes for Allrecipes. I made four changes to this recipe. First off, instead of serving this delicious stew over chive mashed potatoes as Chef John suggested, we opted for adding …
Beer Battered Smelt
Smelt. You either like it or you don’t. Smelt is a small fish that you eat whole, bones and all. Usually battered and deep-fried. Smelt is also a word my grandson seems to like to say. “You smelt it, you dealt it” is one expression he loves to say at the moment. When I told him we were having Beer Battered Smelt for dinner, you would have thought that I told the funniest joke he’d ever heard! (He is only 5, so I guess we’ll just leave it at that:)
What the heck is Smelt?
Fresh smelts are best from September through May. Because they’re very perishable, many are now flash-frozen immediately after being caught. Smelts are marketed whole and are usually eaten that way-head, viscera and bones. Though they can be prepared in a variety of ways, they’re generally simply coated with flour and fried. Beer Battered Smelt are delicious. My mother-in-law loved her some deep-fried smelt. Here in Wisconsin, during the winter months and especially during lent, you can attend a Smelt Fish Fry at most local V.F.W.
An anadromous fish is born in fresh water, spends most if its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. Salmon, Smelt, Shad, Striped Bass and Sturgeon are all common examples. Smelt is anadromous, meaning that it migrates from its North American saltwater habitat to spawn in fresh water. It’s a small (average 4 to 7 inches long) fish with a translucent silver-green back shading into shimmering silver sides and belly. Its delicate flesh is rich, oily and mild-flavored. There are many varieties of this fish, the most widely distributed being the rainbow smelt, found along the Atlantic coast.