I have been reading so many rave blog reviews about smelt that I decided to grab some at the store. They were about $5/lb which I paid happily before realizing that I would NEVER pay that much for ANYTHING. It turned out to be a pretty good deal though because we all got stuffed at dinner and I had these guys left over for lunch the next day! Plus, they are really, really pretty! I ended up staring at them in the colander for the longest time, just tipping it from side to side to make them shimmer.
I used a combination of Steamy Kitchen and Alton Brown recipes (with a few adjustments, of course) for the smelt and they were so good! To get them ready for this lunch I just tossed theleftovers straight on the rack of the toaster oven for a "light toast" cycle then let them cool. They stayed nice and crunchy in the muffin papers even with the moist rice next to them.
The fried rice is just left over rice from the night before stir fried with onions, carrots, yellow squash and a spicy sauce made from sambal, soy sauce, braggs, fish sauce and sriracha. Once it cooled down I sprinkled it with chopped spicy nori snacks.
Some days I'm so excited to eat what I've packed that I end up taking my lunch break way too early and I'm starving by the end of my shift. This was one of those days! I don't think I even made it 2 hours into my shift before I couldn't stand the wait any more!