FRESH SARDINES WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND CHILLI PEPPER

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Even though you wouldn’t believe it judging from what I post here, we do eat fish in this family but not as often as we should. I have some sort of inferiority complex when it comes to cook Mediterranean fish, they are so different from the fish I was used to cook up in Scandinavia and I often have a nagging feeling that I am making some mistake. It is getting better because some years ago now, I got myself two really good cookbooks with only fish recipes, one is by a Tuscan author and the other is a Slow Food edition, neither has photos but that just makes them better. When in doubt, I always find help and inspiration in these. I am beginning to appreciate cookbooks without photos, I don’t know why but that’s the way I am going…
I got some fresh sardines the other day and I just wanted to make a simple dish to eat with couscous or bread.

Fresh Sardines with Cherry Tomatoes and Chilli Pepper

FRESH SARDINES WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND CHILLI PEPPER

fresh sardine fillets
cherry tomatoes
fresh chilli pepper, sliced or chopped
parsley, finely chopped
garlic, finely chopped
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Heat up some olive oil and add garlic, 2/3 of the parsley and chilli pepper, cook it on slow heat for about 2 minutes in a wide pan or skillet with high sides.
– Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves and add to the pan. Add salt and cook the tomatoes for about 15 minutes.
– After 15 minutes or when the liquid from the tomatoes is gone, add the sardine fillets.
– Cook gently until the fish is ready, it takes about 5-8 minutes. Turn the fillets carefully over about half-time through the cooking.
– Sprinkle the rest of the parsley over and serve with couscous or bread. It is good cold as well.

Fresh Sardines with Cherry Tomatoes and Chilli Pepper

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