Saturday, August 25, 2018

Grilled Sardines with Spicy Heirloom Tomato Sauce

I'm always looking for more ways to eat heart healthy. I hadn't even considered eating sardines until I tried these ones at the store recently. They were so meaty and flavorful without being over fishy. Grilling them lightly crisps the skin and provides a delicious smoky flavor. Serve this dish as an appetizer or as a light meal with a big leafy green salad. Pair with a glass of crisp, cold white wine. Cheers!




1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.




2. Preheat grill to medium. Grill sardines for 1-2 minutes per side, or until grill marks form.



3. Scoop tomato sauce into a large serving bowl and top with sardines. Finish with fresh lemon zest and juice, parsley and almonds. Serve with grilled bread for dipping.




Grilled Sardines with Spicy Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Serves 4

All you need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
4 Heirloom tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 (4 oz.) cans Wild Planet olive oil packed sardines
Zest and juice of 1 lemon, for finishing
1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped toasted almonds, for garnish

Grilled sourdough bread slices, for dipping

All you do:
1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Preheat grill to medium. Grill sardines for 1-2 minutes per side, or until grill marks form.
3. Scoop tomato sauce into a large serving bowl and top with sardines. Finish with fresh lemon zest and juice, parsley and almonds. Serve with grilled bread for dipping.


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