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Roasted Sardines

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 16 whole fresh sardines, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, cut in 4 wedges

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450F (200C).
  • Spread the oil on a baking sheet.
  • Rinse the sardines and pat them dry.
  • Remove the heads of the sardines by inserting your thumb into fish where the head joins the body and pushing the head off.
  • Pull out the central bone.
  • Flatten the sardines without separating the 2 fillets and place them, skin side down, on the baking sheet.
  • Briefly chop the 1½ tablespoons of the parsley with garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread this mixture on the flesh of each sardine.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the bread crumbs and the cheese over all the sardines.
  • Close up the sardines, sandwiching the filling inside.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the sardines with the remaining bread crumbs and parsley.
  • Place in the oven and bake about 5 minutes.
  • Serve at once with lemon.