Washington, D.C.-based chef Barton Seaver is a passionate advocate for the health of the oceans. He's a fellow with the Blue Ocean Institute and is working on a PBS series, Turning the Tide, about food and the environment. When we asked him what type of seafood he would like to include in a recipe for EatingWell, he suggested the humble canned sardine. We think Seaver has truly elevated the canned sardine with this fresh-tasting and simple appetizer. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2010

Barton Seaver
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Flake sardines with a fork into a mixing bowl. (The pieces should not be mashed, but should be no bigger than a dime.) Add mint, oil and salt; toss gently to combine.

  • If using whole slices of bread, cut off the crusts and cut each into four triangles. Place the triangles or baguette slices on a baking sheet and bake until crispy and golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. As soon as you remove them from the oven, rub each slice with the cut side of the tomato. As you progress, the tomato will break down until only the skin remains; discard any remaining tomato.

  • Top each toast with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the sardine mixture. Top the sardine mixture with a couple of onion slices and serve immediately.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the sardine mixture (Step 2) for up to 2 days.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

41 calories; 1.9 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 111 mg sodium. 3.2 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The flavor combination is fascinating - mint and sardines who knew? I look forward to making this with tomatoes from our garden. This time of year the tomatoes at the store leave much to be desired - even the organic "stem" tomatoes. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Needs a touch of lemon the second time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was very good but I would love a recipe using mustard sardines...can be sent to me at jjbarry3@yahoo Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Did not use the added oil. Sardines packed in oil have enough for me even after draining. Needed an acidic balance so I added lemon juice. Liked the mint and onion. Interesting. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The flavors were not bad but I agreed and added lemon juice. think it needed more:pzasse!!! cayenne? for sure what else ladies??? Read More