For some of us, we do not even know what Sardines are so let me take the guess out of it.
Sardines are small oily forage fish that may have come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, hence the name. The fish themselves, feed on plankton only, which means they don’t contain the high levels of mercury that other fish do.
Having grown up in Europe, these tiny fish were a staple in my diet. And YES, they were even enjoyed straight out of the can. More on that to come.
This tiny food is chocker blocked with nutritional benefits. Omega-3, which has anti-inflammatory properties, B and D Vitamins, protein, calcium, and minerals. Good for the heart and bones.
Looking for ways to serve up your sardine? Look no further.
1. For those brave hearts, open up a can and eat with your fingers or a fork if you must! Let me note here why a can? These fish tend to spoil easily. Can choices can be fish in water, brine (salt and water mix), mustard, or hot sauce to name a few.
2. Spread the sardines on your toast or crackers for a healthy crunchy snack or light lunch. Top with a squeeze of lemon or lime for a twist.
3. Instead of a tuna melt, try a sardine melt.
4. Add sardine rather than the traditional tuna, to your macaroni casserole or salad.
5. Substitute the rice or meat with sardines, for your stuffed peppers recipe.
6. Use as a pizza or salad topping.
7. Prepare over a medium to low heat and simmer in salsa, garlic, and onions, or your favorite "gravy". Place a bed of lettuce on a plate and pour your creation on top.
8. Fish tacos anyone? A quick and easy meal with all the trimmings. Hard or soft tacos with sardine filling.
Maybe now that you have read this article sardines may become a more popular American choice as the secret of sardines has been uncovered!