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whitebait fritters

Posted by marylew 
whitebait fritters
October 04, 2014 05:57AM
does anyone have a basic recipe for whitebait fritters to make them go further? whitebait is expensive and when i look for recipes they mostly advise to cook a lot of whitebait to one egg and a teaspoon of flour.cant afford that.any ideas thanks
Re: whitebait fritters
October 04, 2014 08:11AM
Just a thought to make them go further Marylew would be to add more eggs?
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: whitebait fritters
October 04, 2014 09:17AM
My thinking is that whitebait is a luxury food with a delicate flavour, and there isn't much point in trying to bulk it out. Better to make tiny fritters with a little egg and minimal flour (or no flour) and serve them as a very special canapé or a first course with a small elegant salad.
joy
Re: whitebait fritters
October 05, 2014 01:29AM
Try separating the egg white from the yolk and beating it stiff and folding in to the whisked yolk, salt and pepper, a little flour and then fold in the whitebait lightly. Cook in butter. By adding the beaten egg white it fluffs up the patties and makes your whitebait go a little further.
An other nice way to make a little whitebait go further, is to flour and season the whitebait and pan fry lightly in butter and put between buttered bread. Really nice and filling too
Re: whitebait fritters
October 05, 2014 03:29AM
Marylew, I grew up where we often had an abundance of whitebait, sadly, those days have gone.

You could make a thicker batter, where the batter is more than the whitebait but it may suit your situation. Personally, I prefer the traditional way with eggs and a small amount of flour. I make them smaller, cook them in butter and serve with a wedge of lemon and savour every bite. It's your call.

Sometimes a local restaurant has them on their menu during the season. Theirs are made with more batter but I usually order them anyway.

Incidentally, I nearly always buy my West Coast, South Island whitebait from a local butcher.
Re: whitebait fritters
October 05, 2014 05:24AM
Thanks everyone like you Marnie I grew up with it in abundance different story now. I will add extra eggs thanks and i think my mother might have used baking powder but i will try separating the egg white Joy.I should have written down her recipe but sometimes you dont think.
joy
Re: whitebait fritters
October 05, 2014 07:56AM
We whitebait every year and I have tried every way of cooking them and find the old way of egg, flour, bit of baking powder, salt and pepper the best and cook them in butter, which we prefer to oil or half and half. Depending on how much whitebait you have, alter the flour ect to suit. You only want enough to bind the mixture, and eat them straight from the pan.
Re: whitebait fritters
October 05, 2014 08:03PM
thanks Joy perfect
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