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Soused sardines on toast


Using tinned sardines, you can knock this up from the contents of a well-stocked pantry, but fresh sardines take it to a whole other level.

You'll need

300 ml white wine vinegar 50 ml dry white wine 2 tbsp caster sugar ½ small Spanish onion, thinly sliced 3 thyme sprigs 1 fresh bay leaf 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced, plus 1 clove extra, halved 70 ml olive oil 20 sardine fillets (45gm each) For dusting: seasoned plain flour 8 thick sourdough bread slices   Parsley and lemon salad 2 cups (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley 2 lemons, seeds removed, segmented, juice reserved 30 ml extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat a grill to high heat. Combine vinegar, wine, sugar, onion, herbs and sliced garlic in a saucepan, season to taste, bring to the boil over high heat, set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat 20ml oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Dust sardines in seasoned flour, shaking off excess, then cook in batches, skin-side down, until golden (2-3 minutes), turn and cook for another minute. Wipe out pan with absorbent paper between batches. Transfer to a heatproof, non-reactive dish large enough to hold sardines in a single layer. Pour over vinegar mixture and stand for 5 minutes.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, drizzle bread with remaining oil and grill, turning once, until golden and toasted (1-2 minutes each side), rub with cut-side of garlic and keep warm.
  • 04
  • For parsley and lemon salad, combine ingredients in a bowl, breaking up lemon segments with your fingers, season to taste and toss lightly to combine. Serve with soused sardines and sourdough toast.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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A shot of very cold vodka or a small glass of lager. Or both.

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Feb 2010

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