Sardine Impanate - Fried sardines
Have you ever met anybody that cringes about the idea of having anchovies on their pizza? Well I actually belong to the opposite category of consumers. I absolutely adore seafood in every form and shape. The sharper the taste is, the better. I used to be somewhat puzzled by customers when I was working at a restaurant , when they would return seafood plates back to the kitchen, because in their opinion it was "too fishy"...well, isn't what fish is supposed to taste like? I guess my palate is not as refined. I recently also discovered great benefits in eating seafood for a lot of different reasons. Sardines definitively fall into that category. Forget your daily does of vitamins, these little wonders are rich in vitamin B12, selenium, omega-3 oils, protein, phosphorus and vitamin D. Basically what that means is cardiovascular health, memory, joints, skin and energy levels. Today, with this recipe I'll upset a little bit the nutritional value, because I will fry them, but once you try just one, you'll understand my weakness.
Ingredients for four servings:
2lbs of fresh sardines
2 whole eggs
a pinch of salt
a pinch of fresh pepper
15 ounces of breadcrumbs
15 ounces vegetable oil
First of all you have to butterfly and clean your sardines. Just start from the head and pull slowly until all the innards will come out. Secondly, butterfly slowly the small fish and take out the bones with your fingers. Once you have cleaned up all the sardines you need to beat the eggs, adding the salt and pepper to the mixture. Next dredge all the sardines in the egg mixture, and on a different plate, coat each sardine on both side with breadcrumbs.
On a medium size pan heat the oil and then fry the sardines. You can fry more than one at a time according to the size of your pan. The sardines should reach a light golden color before being removed from the pan. Serve with a light sprinkle of salt and few wedges of lemon. Pair up with a nice cold Chardonnay