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Hi. I'm looking for help coming up with an appetizer for an up-coming Supper Club gathering, loosely themed "Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry." I'm open to anything, with one caveat-- I live in Baltimore, so will have a hard time finding anything truly, authentically Midwestern. Thanks!

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  1. beer and cheese!

    1. Deep fried cheese curds!

      1. Cheesehead dip:

        Cheesehead Dip
        2 cups Mayo
        1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
        1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
        1/2 cup sliced black olives
        1/2 cup sliced green olives
        1/2 cup chopped red onions
        1 can of sliced mushrooms
        1 cup chopped pepperoni
        Mix together and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 min. or until bubbly.
        Serve with tortilla chips, pita chip , corn chips or whatever you like.

        1. They're big on brats in Wisconsin - maybe spicy sausages (or sliced sausages) heated in that old throwback recipe of equal parts of grape jelly & chili sauce? :-)

          Perhaps some other bratwurst ideas: http://www.bratwurstpages.com/wisreci...

          1. Oh, you've made me all nostalgic - we used to eat fish fry almost every Friday night when we were living in WI. I would do beer-cheese soup or clam chowder (usually thought of as New England, but served often with WI fish fry). Otherwise anything fried or fatty pretty much fits the bill - cheese curds, macncheese bites, potato skins, anything cheese related. Think bar food.

            1. Thanks for the suggestions. Not sure I can get cheese curds in Baltimore, but I'll be sure to do something cheese-related.

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              1. re: imgould

                I also used to go to Fish Fry night's nearly every week as a kid - one appetizer I think every place has is fried mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce - that way, you have the "cheese" aspect, but without having to find cheese curds...coleslaw and potato salad also work!

              2. What side/other dishes are you planning on serving with the fried fish???

                1. I'd go with deviled eggs, coleslaw, pasta salad, or potato salad.

                  1. I remember being served carrots, celery, and dip (maybe just their salad dressing?) at fish fries when we vacationed there as kids.

                    1. Amazingly, Trader Joe's sells cheese curds. They're not fried, but they are otherwise authentic. Thanks for the suggestions-- I'll add some kind of sausage, and perhaps more cheese, and something fried.

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                      1. re: imgould

                        I hate to be a voice of dissent, but having grown up in Milwaukee (and still having family and friends there), I have never seen sausages and fish fry go together. This could be because it's often associated with Catholicism and meatless Fridays, but Catholic or not, if you go for fish fry, you aren't usually eating meat dishes along with it. Separate individuals may order meat-based dishes at restaurants (if they aren't practicing Catholics at Lent) if they don't like fish, but I've never seen meat-based sides or appetizers go along with a fish fry. And you won't find meat at a Church based fish fry. Personally, if you don't have coleslaw, potato pancakes, maybe some applesauce along with rye bread and/or a nice soft potato roll with flour on top, then it isn't really a "Wisconsin" style fish fry.

                      2. unless your supper club enjoys kitsch, you might want to consider some truly good wisconsin cheeses. there are some tastey ones that can be enjoyed without putting on a green bay packers cheese head. i imagine most cheeses shops would carry, say, some nice wisconsin 5-yr cheddar. there are some good wisconsin beers, of course, to along side. fresh, crisp radishes are seasonal and would go along, too.