This is an “extra” post for CtBF, since there was a 3rd Friday in September (that I am late for!). The idea was to have optional recipes that included ingredients that might not appeal to everyone. This week: Sardines. My rough calculation is that a bit over half of the group actually like sardines, and many of us have made a similar version when we cooked our way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.
Sardines aren’t normal fare for me, though I don’t mind them, but I was reminded why I don’t really make this dish. It’s because it’s not very pretty. The same dish made with salmon…so much prettier.
I had found a can of sardines at an international food market, knowing that sooner or later, I would be making something like this. I had a hard time finding ones that didn’t have a bunch of flavoring – as it turned out, these were “spicy”.
See – not pretty. BUT, these get mixed (sans as many bones as you can easily remove) with a mixture of butter and cream cheese, and then some other items – like capers – and you can never go wrong with them! Unusually, this had lime juice in lieu of lemon – a nice touch.
It’s not pretty. But it is very delicious. We had this as part of a grazing meal watching football. The flavor is quite wonderful. And I skipped the cayenne called for in the recipe because they were “spicy” to begin with. I didn’t do this – but I bet this would be good stuffed inside those little fresh multi-colored sweet peppers you can find at the store these days – or in some other case that would compliment the flavor while giving it a bit nicer look.
To see what my other fearless bloggers thought of this dish, you can find links to their posts at Cook the Book Fridays.
4 thoughts on “CtBF – Sardine Spread (rillettes de sardine)”
Hi Candy! I was thinking about you the other day and hoping all was well! That’s a great idea with stuffing the peppers for a better (and I bet quite tasty) presentation. I’ll have to remember that. I was just thinking that between this cookbook and AmFT, my appetizer game is very strong. Looks great and totally agree that this is not the most attractive of dishes. 🙂 Happy October!
Thanks Katie! I’m afraid I’ve gotten a little swamped with work, but trying to dig out!! I agree – lots better on the appetizer front after all of these recipes. And plenty more that I’m excited to try in MPK. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
I agree that it does not look great but tastes fantastic!! Nice to see you back!
The prep looks like a lot of work, I think I like Betsy’s that she found without bones. I did not try it, but may later.