Fresh sardines, Naples style

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    Fresh sardines, Naples style

    Fresh sardines, Naples style

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    45min


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    About this recipe: Fresh sardines are fried to a crispy golden brown, and drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette then topped off with a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves. Serve this starter with a good white wine.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 1kg fresh sardines
    • 120g plain flour
    • 180ml olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 250ml white vinegar
    • 250ml white wine
    • 15g fresh mint leaves

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Prepare the sardines by removing the heads and back bones. Rinse and pat dry. Dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the sardines a few at a time until brown and crispy. Remove to a large serving plate, and keep warm.
    3. In another pan over medium heat, heat a bit of the oil. Add garlic, and cook for about half a minute. Add the wine and vinegar, and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally. When the liquid has reduced by about half, pour the sauce over the sardines, and sprinkle with fresh mint. Let stand for about 1 hour before serving to allow the fish to marinate.
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    29

    Delicious! The combination of sardine, dressing and mint was refreshing. I would have appreciated more guidance on how to prepare the sardines, however. Removing the heads was easy, but it took a few mangled fish before I realized that you can remove the backbone by (a) cutting the fish open along full length of belly, i.e. butterflying the fish, (b) carefully lifting the backbone by lifting it gently, starting with the tail, then (c) folding the fish back up before frying. Once I had all that figured out, the rest was a piece of cake!  -  13 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    17

    Tasted great but I couldn't forget the image of the fish heads.  -  18 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    11

    Very tasty. A flag went up when I saw mint(???) in the ingredients but have no fear. It all works together very well (I kept everything warm in the oven on the platter after adding the vinegrette and shredded mint). Still recognizble sardine taste. By the way, those fresh (frozen) sardines cost me $2.80 at the local oriental market..  -  14 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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