St. Louis chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft shares this fried whitefish recipe. It may require calling around to local fishmongers to see if they carry fresh sardines or baitfish, or calling in advance to request it.

The briny fresh taste of these little baitfish go great with the unctuous, lemony aioli. Accompanied by a tart bright cocktail or a really cold pilsner, these are the perfect party snack all around. A total crowd pleaser.