10. Amalfi Coast Stuffed Sardine Recipe

This is an easy introduction to cooking fresh sardines. Of course, you can always just open a can and dive on in!   Ingredients:

  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 1 Mint stalk chopped
  • 1 Lemon zested and chopped
  • 1/2 Cup tempura bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup kalamata olives (remove the pits and chop into large pieces)
  • 4 Anchovy fillets
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/4 Cup of pine nuts
  • Pinch of dried chili, salt, and pepper
  • 1 Large Fennel bulb
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 Sardines cut open with tails in place

Method in Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put tempura crumbs, olives, mint, lemon zest, anchovies, and garlic in a food processor and whirl until chopped.
  • Empty the tempura mix into another bowl and add the pine nuts, chili flakes, and black pepper.
  • Place the finely chopped fennel into a lightly greased baking dish. Save the fronds for later.
  • Place each sardine skin side down.
  • Coat each sardine in tempura mix.
  • Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Roll sardines with tails sticking upwards.
  • Cram as much of the leftover tempura mix into the sardine's sides.
  • Place rolled sardines on top of the fennel.
  • Sprinkle the remaining tempura mix on top of the sardines.
  • Top with lemon slices and sprinkle Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground pepper and a little olive oil.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the tempura is slightly crunchy and the sardines are golden brown.
Amalfi Coast Stuffed Sardine Recipe
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