To all of our new readers who found us via Creative Structures: welcome! For anyone unfamiliar with this blog: check it out immediately. Diana, its author, is an innkeeper (along with her husband) at Baur B&B, the fabulous little spot we spent a week at during our honeymoon in Acqui Terme. I’ve been (slowly) recapping our trip here; but honestly, you should really check out their site.
Anyway. Seeing her recent post on sardines made these two New Haven-ites seriously envious–who doesn’t love the idea of getting nutritious food for a euro per pound–and so we decided to recreate her anitpasti of fried sardine fillets as part of our tapas night this past weekend–the details of which are forthcoming. Consider this a tease.
Unfortunately, we cannot get fresh sardines for a euro per pound here–instead, we are left with delicious, but expensive, $25/lb sardines that are available at Romeo’s, but as part of a larger meal, a fifth of a pound works nicely in this instance.
Michael enjoys them straight from the container, but L and I were happy to much on the lightly fried versions–it cuts the slight fishy flavor (note from Michael: soaking them in milk helps too!). They are also unbelievably easy to make–dredge the sardines in flour, then fry them for a few minutes until golden brown and delicious (to quote the amazing Alton Brown), sprinkle a little salt over them and drizzle with fresh lemon juice.
If you like them just with the olive oil, eat them with some delicious crusty bread.
To Diana and Mischa: we raise our glasses of Rioja to you!