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