There are quite a few good sardine recipes including these two French appetizers, one a tart which features
canned sardines, tomatoes and onions and the other an even simpler sardine mousse. You could also serve the
tart as a first course. My kids love it!
In France, canned sardines are sold alongside tuna fish and seem to be equally popular. They are usually sold conserved in olive oil, sometimes with the addition of lemons or tomatoes. When you use them in a sardine recipe, remove them from the can with a fork and leave the olive oil and other ingredients behind.
Sardines are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, as well as calcium and iron.
During the summer we can buy fresh sardines from the fishmonger. These are great simply grilled on the barbecue (it helps to have a special tool that holds the fish clamped between two grills, so you can turn all of the fish at once.) Serve the sardines with grilled red peppers for a great taste combination.
You might be a bit hesitant to give these fish a try. This sardine recipe, which uses canned, is a perfect place to start.
Cook the onions and tomatoes in the olive oil on medium heat for 10 minutes. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables in the pie shell and bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
Remove the sardines from their cans and break them into bits (it's fine to leave the bones in the sardines). Remove the tart from the oven, spread the sardine bits evenly across the surface and bake for five minutes longer.
Serve hot or warm.
You can serve the following sardine mousse as a canape spread on toasted French bread slices with lemon quarters and black olives. Or you can serve it as a first course, placing a few slices of toasted French bread spread with the mousse on each plate, alongside a small salad of lettuce and tomatoes in vinegarette.