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Sardines “in a Blanket” with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Capers

Sardines “in a Blanket” with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil and Capers
PREP TIME
45 min
COOK TIME
15 min
YIELDS
4 servings

Sardines caught and served fresh are completely different from the tinned product so many Canadians know and tend to love or hate. Fresh Ocean Wise™ sardines at Blue Water Cafe—servedvarious ways but always showcasing the firm texture and surprisinglymild flavour of the dark meat—are a testimonial towise, sustainable and delicious alternatives.

Pairing Suggestion: Sperling Old Vines Riesling 2010, Okanagan Valley.

Recipe by Chef Frank Pabst from Blue Water Café and taken from “The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2” ©2015 Whitecap Books Ltd.

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Ingredients

Gremolata

¼
cup (60 mL) chopped Italian parsley leaves
Zest of ½ lemon
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
tsp (5 mL) olive oil
1
pinch salt

Blanket

1
unsliced loaf dense sandwich bread, frozen
2
Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil

Vinaigrette

2
Tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
2
tsp (10 mL) red wine vinegar
1
Tbsp (15 mL) capers
1
shallot, finely diced

Tomato Salad

2
heirloom tomatoes
8
leaves basil, torn
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Sardines

4
fresh Ocean Wise sardines
½
tsp (2 mL) salt
½
tsp (2 mL) pepper
2
Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
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Directions

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients together. Set aside.

Step 2

Cut 4 thin slices of the frozen bread length way. Be sure to cut it no thicker than a 1/4 inch (6 mm). Cut the crust and trim down to rectangles 5 × 4 inches(13 × 10 cm).

Step 3

Mix all the ingredients together. Set aside.

Step 4

Cut the tomatoes into 1 × 1 inch (2.5 ×2.5 cm) shapes. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Toss in basil and vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Scale, butterfly, and debone the sardines. Season the inside of the sardines and stuff with gremolata. Fold back to natural shape. Season outside and roll each in one bread slice.

Step 6

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and then place sardines fold-side down carefully into the pan. Cook until golden brown on all sides.

Step 7

To Serve: Place sardines in a blanket on a plate and serve with the tomato salad.

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