Ok, so I bit half of one sardine. But they were so good that I couldn't help stopping and taking a picture. What a lunch! And I have a really easy recipe for you guys this time. Find a can of good Portuguese sardines in olive oil. Open the can and enjoy :)
Now that the weather is nicer, my daily exercise is a walk to a little grocery store in the nearby Huron Village in Cambridge. When I shop for classes, I still have to drive to Whole Foods, but when I just shop for us, I love walking to Fresh Pond Market. I never know what I am going to cook until I start wondering the 3 little isles of this neighborhood grocer. It's so small, yet so full of great food -- my daily culinary inspiration in a nutshell. The other day, I was wondering what to get for lunch when I ended up in their canned fish section. How about sardines? I saw a couple of different brands and out of curiosity decided to get the most expensive one, just to see if it was worth it. $2.69 might seem like a lot for a 4 oz can, but when you take into account that it was the most expensive part of my lunch, it's not bad at all.
I tossed some beans with onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Then I opened my little can. These were the biggest canned sardines I've ever seen. There were only 4 of these huge, fat, glistening fishies in the can. And they were outrageously good!
Now can I ask a stupid question? How do they cook sardines long enough to get their bones completely soft without drying them out? I love grilled fresh sardines, but it's so hard to de-bone them completely before eating. I can easily butterfly them by removing the back bone, but the little pin bones are a major pain to remove and no matter how hard I try, there are always some left. Now this might be a crazy idea, but has anyone tried grilling canned sardines -- just for a minute on each side to give them a little smokiness and warm them up?