Friday, 12 August 2011

Sardines...A Poor Man's Protein?

Let's be clear about something - I HATE fish with bones in them.  Yes, I'm that kind of picky and I'd make a shit caveman if I was constantly whining about there being bones in my fish while I munched them raw.  That being said, with a bit of prep I've actually managed to create something so bloody delicious, so easy to make, so sexy that I've eaten them bones and all.

What you need (baby)

  • Responsibly sourced sardines (gutted, descaled and filleted)
  • One slice of  pancetta (you could use bacon too!) per 'sandwich'
  • One and a half table spoons of almond flour, chilli flakes and mixed seeds

Place the pancetta on a chopping board and then one sardine fillet skin-side down at right angles.
Season and mix the filling with a few tablespoons of olive oil then sprinkle onto the sardine.

Place another fillet on top and any remaining mix on the top of that.
Tightly wrap the pancetta and spike with some rosemary before placing onto oiled baking paper and into the top of a preheated oven (220) for about 10 minutes or until the bacon is crispyfied.

If you throw away the oil the fish cooks with I'm going to come round to your and beat you with something heavy, dress the sardines with that oh-so-sexy oil.