Grilled sardines on toast with romesco sauce + parmesan.

Grilled sardines on toast with romesco sauce + parmesan.

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Chefs Eat Toasties Too
Makes
4
Photographer
Brendan Homan

I love sardines. They are great for you, full of omega 3 fatty acid and vitamin D, and they are delish – especially on my favourite vehicle for food…toast! The Romesco sauce is quality as well. I guess with this one I am recreating a childhood memory of tinned sardines in tomato sauce on toast. This is better, though. It’s quick, simple, healthy and delicious.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 slices seeded sourdough bread
4 tablespoons see method for ingredients
4 small ripe truss tomatoes
splash olive oil
8 sardine fillets, butterflied and bones removed
40g parmigiano reggiano
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lemon
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat a grill to hot. Toast both sides of the bread under the grill. Spread a tablespoon of romesco on each piece of toast. Cut the tomatoes in half, scoop the flesh and seeds out and place them on top of the romesco.
  2. Heat a splash of olive oil in a small non-stick frying pan over medium–low heat and gently cook the sardine fillets, skin side down, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and use a spatula or fish slice to arrange two butterflied sardine fillets on each piece of toast.
  3. Place the slices on a baking tray lined with baking paper and place the tray under the grill for 1 minute before removing and grating the parmesan over the top of each slice. Again place the tray back under the grill and cook for 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove again and grind black pepper over each slice and finely grate lemon zest over the top. Place the toast on a plate, top with the parsley leaves and serve.

Pro tips

  • See your fishmonger for fresh sardine fillets. I have used a great toasting sourdough here.
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