Saturday, May 16, 2009
I think most coastal cultures have one form of fish fry or variations of it. The Spanish Fritura Andaluza is fried anchovies and hake or shrimps, Fritto Misto di Mare is an Italian version of fried mixed seafood while Fish N' Chips very popular in the UK and Japanese Seafood Tempura are a just few examples.
It's been a while since we had Hamsi Tava (fried anchovies). Traditionally it is made from freshly caught anchovies but that is impossible to get where we live so when I spotted some flash frozen smelt at the International Market last week, I was inspired to make this real simple Turkish dish. If you're lucky to have access to freshly caught fish, do use it!
The recipe has only four ingredients - it can't be more simple than that. Here's what I'm submitting to Regional Recipes Turkey.
1 lb fresh anchovies (or thawed flash frozen smelt)
Wash the fish then gut and cut off the heads. Briefly rinse and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle kosher salt over it and mix with cornstarch. Fry in hot oil till golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Serve with a wedge of lemon and a salad.
Posted by Momgateway at 7:30 PM