Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sicilian Stuffed Sardines

Day 17 of our carbless diet - When I saw the tray of beautiful sardine fillets at the fish monger, I had in mind just what to do with them. Despite not growing up with an Italian nonna, cooking authentic Italian food is not difficult with all the cookbooks and informations around. This is an Sicilian classic that I had laid my eyes on day one when the other tummy brought home The Italian Cookbook Collector's Collection (by Australian Goumet Traveller). The stuffing bit is a little bit fiddly for me but the end result is definitely worth doing it all over again. 

Recipe adapted from The Italian Cookbook Collector's Collection
oven preheated at 200 C
serves 2
you'll need;
8 to 10 sardine fillets
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
40 g of pine nuts
50 g of breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
10 fresh bay leaves
2 bamboo skewers, soaked for at least an hour
dressed rocket to serve

for the dressing;
1 tsp of castor sugar
juice of 1 lemon
3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
*whisk in a bowl until well combine.

Start with making the stuffing - Mix onion, garlic, sultanas, pine nuts and breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Add enough olive oil until the mixture comes together. Season with salt and pepper.

Place a little stuffing on each fillet and roll it up from top to tail. 

Fix 4 to 5 roll to each bamboo skewer, dividing each with a fresh bay leaf.

Place skewers in a baking dish, scatter the remaining stuffing over and spoon the dressing all over. 

Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Serve immediately with some dressed salad leaves of your choice and perhaps a glass of light Italian red.


  1. I love canned sardines but have never tasted fresh sardines before. This looks really delicious but I doubt I'll be able to roll them up lol

  2. This is something totally new and exciting to are truly a great cook!

  3. Wow! that looks good! Must use only sardines?

  4. Wow from Thai to Malaysian and now Italian... we are so spoilt here, if only I get to taste it too :)

  5. your dish always made me salivate! this sound so delicious!

  6. U always come up with mouthwatering dishes, am drooling here..

  7. I wish I lived in your house! These look amazing.

  8. I love sardines because they are considered to be beneficial to health.
    Looks delicious!
    And as for the presentation/pictures!

    Big hugs
    B xx

  9. What a stunning dish you have there! Love the effort with the tablecloth lol

  10. I tried this dish when I was in Sicily several years back and now I know how to make it at home :)

  11. Rasanya pasti Tummies dah kurus jika makan menu seperti ini.Good luck:) teruskan semoga berjaya:)

  12. It looks delicious. I'll try. From Spain. Monty

  13. One way to prepare the sardines very tasty and irresistible.

  14. I love fresh sardines-- a bit rare -- but worth the buy when you can find it. Fabuloious ( I had to coin a word for it) recipe..:)

  15. My grandmother used to make something similar and I refused to eat it. How silly was I? Looking at that, I would not refuse anymore!

  16. i hve tried out variety withsardine..never tried this one..just excellent tummy..

  17. something appealing to me to make something out of sardines..and with the pine nuts too.

  18. How fancy! Looks like quite the feast! We've never actually cooked w. sardines, but I'm intrigued.


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