Okay, I can practically HEAR you guys thinking: “Sardines?!?! Ewwwww. What the heck is this chick up to…”
But hear me out! I get that not everyone likes seafood.. but for those of you who DO, i’m sure you’ll love this one! It doesn’t even TASTE that fishy, I swear! And if you think THIS doesn’t look appealing, Google “Sardines on Toast”. Go on, I dare ya. [but not ‘til you’ve tried this. Cause it might put you off.Please?] AND SERIOUSLY, its cheap! Think about it. You’re just getting cans!
Anyway, once again, i am stealing borrowing recipes from my mother. This was probably the first thing i learnt to cook when i was 9-ish [they train us young 😉 but i am grateful for it.] and this recipe is straight from the brains of the women in our family, meaning I did not find it on the internets.
half an onion
5 cloves of garlic [or less, but i love me some garlic]
half a tsp of chilli powder [or more if you like it spicy]
1 can of tinned sardines in TOMATO SAUCE [that part is kinda important, cause i don’t know what to do if it doesn’t come with tomato sauce..but feel free to experiment. Also the tomato is what makes it less..volatile. Sardines in oil or anything else would just be STANKY.]
1 can of tomato sauce [optional…i don’t usually use it but i did in this version. it doesn’t really affect the taste]
1 small chilli, sliced [optional – i didn’t use it this time ‘cause we didn’t have any]
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the onion and crush the garlic [why yes, that can of tomatoes IS upside down.]
Fry the onion and garlic in a little bit of oil until fragrant. Add the chilli powder and mix well. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the can of tinned sardines. Try to split up the sardine pieces as best you can… [no one wants a big chunk of sardine in this dish. Trust me.] Here, if you are using canned tomatoes, add them too [Like I said, I usually don’t, but i was trying to use up leftovers. it tastes the same either way.]
Make sure everything is well mixed, and your sardines are all split up, and add a wee bit of water and the chilli if you are using it. Turn the heat down, and simmer until has reduced to a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with rice and maybe some random vegetables? It is also a good side dish to dhal-ish curries. Or, my personal fav, chuck it in a sandwich! I like to do that when I’m bored and fidgety and hungry. Gives me something to do for 30 seconds, then i get to stuff my face! Everyone’s a winner! [Actually, its just me being a winner twice.]
Oooh it could even go in a wrap? See, the world is your oyster sardine!