Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe

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These little fish run in the Great Lakes area early in the spring. Hand nets are used for dipping them. (Catching them)

They are small and very tasty making them a nice spring treat.

This recipe is just basically Flour, egg, and milk with salt and pepper used for seasoning.

If you have smelt available give this Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe a try; they’re crispy and delicious.

Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 – 2 pounds smelt (cleaned and rinsed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish; salt and pepper to taste. Place the other cup of flour in another shallow dish.
  2. Lightly coat each fish one at a time in the plain flour, dip in the egg mixture and then roll in the seasoned flour. (lightly coat a platter with flour to place the fish on before you cook them, to keep them from sticking on the plate)
  3. Place about ¼ inch of oil in a cast iron fry pan over medium high heat and cook smelt until browned on both sides and crispy. (cook in batches) Place smelt on paper toweling to drain. (if oil starts to get too brown from the flour start a new batch with fresh oil)


Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe

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Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe

I was a great year here for apples and I have a lot of them in storage so when I saw this Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe I decided to give it a try. This is just pretty much a standard apple crisp recipe with fresh and dried cranberries. The combination of the apples and cranberries is delicious and the red coloring from the cranberries makes it a colorful dish to serve. Serve this Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe warm, with whip cream, or ice cream and it doesn’t get much better than that. Adapted from Cooks Country Cook Book with a few minor changes.

Ingredients for Topping

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (Chilled and sliced)

1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

Apple and cranberry ingredients

1/2 pound fresh cranberries

3/4 cup sugar

1/8 cup water

1 1/4 pounds tart apples (I used Paula Reds for this recipe)

1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries

1 1/2 tablespoons Tapioca


Preheat oven to 400F.

1. in a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and butter with a fork pressing until gravel like mixture forms. Add the rolled oats, and then using your hands press and fold the oatmeal into the mixture until forming pea size pieces. Set aside in the refrigerator.

oatmeal topping

2. Cook the Cranberries in the water and 1/2 cup sugar until a jam like consistency is reached. This will kind of look like store bought cranberry sauce. Set aside

cooking cranberries

3. Peel and core the apples and slice into 1/2 inch slices. Combine the apples and cranberries in a large kettle or Dutch oven and then add the dried cranberries and the rest of the sugar. Cook on medium high heat, stirring frequently until apples start to soften. Remove from the heat and stir in the tapioca.

apples and cranberries

4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8 casserole dish and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe

Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe

Serves 4-6

Fresh Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe