Whitefish livers and other rare and delicious Great Lakes treats
Whitefish livers! A new favorite. A few years ago, I was in Munising Michigan and stopped at a little fresh fish shack. In the case on ice were a few bags of plump pink fish organs that I learned were whitefish livers. They reminded me a bit of sweetbreads or pale pink chicken livers. I bought a bag. Had to. Dusted them with cornmeal and flour, sauteed in butter, lemon, salt, pepper, ate them medium rare like chicken livers. So delicious. I have looked for them everywhere but really can only find them in Michigan or Wisconsin (I know they can be found in Minnesota but haven't been there). I live in Chicago. Went into Dirk's Fish on Clybourn one day and asked Dirk if he could get the whitefish livers for me. He looked confused. I was shocked. He was unfamiliar with whitefish livers. Said he would try to get them. When I called back to ask, he said it was a local thing and impossible to order them for retail sale.
Who loves whitefish livers? And what else am I missing? Special roe? Other livers?