Monday, February 20, 2012
Grilled Sardines with Lemon and Herbs ~ Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Fresh sardines. I think they're beautiful to look at, but then again, I've always had an affinity to fish.
I love the coast. I love seafood. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting around the table with my mom, dad, sisters and brother...slurping down clams and feasting on freshly caught flounder. So when I came across fresh glistening sardines at Whole Foods this weekend (an item they don't always carry) I knew I had to bring a few home.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and an excellent source of vitamin D, B12, calcium and protein; sardines are best (in my opinion) when served along super bold flavors.
In this case, garlic infused olive oil, kosher salt, Meyer lemon zest and grilled Meyer lemons; freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, cilantro, green Sicilian olives and crisp red onion; paired perfectly with the quickly grilled rich and succulent fish!
The sardine's meat flakes right off its bone and can be spread like a "paste" onto a garlic rubbed toasted baguette. With all these other accompaniments and a crisp Italian white...you'll think you were sitting at a quaint beach side cafe along the coast of Sardinia.
My only regret is that I did not take more photographs of last night's entire spread... a spread that was as equal a feast to the eyes, as it was to the palate.
I basically followed this recipe on Epicurious for Grilled Sardines with Lemon and Herbs. However, I only used four sardines, sprinkled with kosher salt and was pretty heavy handed with all the other ingredients...lots of chopped olives, lots of fresh parsley and I brushed the sardines with olive oil I infused with freshly chopped garlic. Simple, beautiful food. (At least I think so... ;)