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 suggested this recipe starring the humble canned sardine. He said, “Sustainability isn’t just about the oceans — it’s about sustainability for people. Anyone can jump in their SUV, drive to Walmart and buy a can of sardines. I love that! It needs to be accessible and easy.” We think Seaver has truly elevated the canned sardine with this fresh-tasting and simple appetizer.
- 1 4-ounce can boneless, skinless sardines packed in olive oil, preferably smoked
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 slices multigrain bread or 12 slices baguette, preferably whole-grain
- 1/2 medium ripe tomato
- 1 tablespoon very thinly sliced yellow onion
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Flake the 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.
Tip: Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate the sardine mixture (Step 2) for up to 2 days.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
41 calories; 2g total fat; 0g total saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 113mg sodium; 3g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 3g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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