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Guy Grossi: Sarde in saor (Soused sardines)

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Sarde in saor (Soused sardines) by Guy Grossi, Merchant, Melbourne

By Guy Grossi
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking plus marinating
  • Serves 10
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Guy Grossi: Sarde in saor (Soused sardines)


  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 kg sardines
  • 90 gm seasoned plain flour, for dusting (½ cup)
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1½ onions, thinly sliced
  • 375 ml white wine
  • 180 ml white vinegar (¾ cup)
  • 40 gm sultanas (¼ cup)


  • 1
    Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Dust sardines with flour, shaking off excess, and fry in batches until cooked through (3-4 minutes). Set aside in a deep tray.
  • 2
    Heat olive oil, garlic and herbs in a separate frying pan over high heat, add onion and sauté until translucent (5-10 minutes). Add white wine, vinegar and sultanas and cook over low heat until onions are tender (15 minutes). Set aside to cool, then pour over sardines and refrigerate to marinate (2 hours-overnight). Serve at room temperature.


This recipe is from the March 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Drink Suggestion: A full-bodied Soave Classico from one of the "cru" vineyards Drink suggestion by Mark Protheroe

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