Simple. Economical. Sustainable. Delicious.
I have been trying to find a way to enjoy sardines ever since I discovered the enormous nutritional powerhouse properties that these small fish deliver. I’ve broiled them with garlic, tossed them in pasta, seasoned them with lime juice and salsa and pan fried them for fish tacos, and–with great hesitation–have attempted to eat them straight from the tin. All attempt have been edible, some even good, but none delicious…. until now.
The little fish are a rich source of calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids–three nutrients that most of us could use in greater quantities in our diets. Despite the popular perception that sardines have a high sodium content which renders them less healthful, it is only the varieties with added salt that contain high levels. You can pick up a tin of sardines in water with “no salt added” and sprinkle a light pinch of a course grain salt yourself to get the same flavor with very little sodium.
In Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, author Annie Murphy Paul describes her preferred sardine recipe: on a slice of buttered toast. Paul also was trying to get more of these little fish in her diet due to their low risk of mercury contamination compared to many other popular fish varieties. Her simple style of serving them gave me the idea to try sardines in this style.I nixed the butter and used brown spicy mustard and fresh dill.
for one serving
-1 slice fresh bread (toasted)
– 1 tsp brown spicy mustard
-fresh dill (to taste)
-1/3 tin (about 1.5 oz) sardines (not the kind with bones removed)
Toast fresh bread to desired crispness. Spread the brown mustard across your freshly toasted slice and top with fresh dill and sardine fillets (straight from the tin or pan seared or broiled with garlic if preferred). Enjoy!
I decided to try Wood Smoked Wild Caught Brisling Sardines hand packed in extra virgin olive oil this time by Crown Prince Natural. I have to say these were excellent but if you are trying to reduce your sodium intake, opt for a “no salt added” variety instead.