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Bucatini with sardines and fennel

Bucatini with sardines and fennel

Bucatini with sardines is traditional Italian dish, originated from Sicily. Pasta con le sarde is presented with toasted breadcrumbs as a topping, in the same way that grated cheese is used. Originally the breadcrumbs may have been a substitute for cheese for the poor. In some versions of this dish the cooked ingredients are arranged in layers in a baking dish, topped with breadcrumbs and then baked – the breadcrumbs form a crust.

Barbecued sardines with orange and parsley

Barbecued sardines with orange and parsley

Bought fresh and whole, sardines are ideal for grilling and barbecuing. Remove the scales by holding the fish under running water and brushing it from tail to head between your finger and thumb, then cook until the skin is crisp and charred and the flesh comes away easily. Sardines are delicious hot or cold, either served with robust tomato sauces that counteract the oiliness of the fish, or dressed with butter, lemon and fresh herbs and served with boiled potatoes.

Here is a simple recipe, how to barbecue sardines – the meaty flesh holds together and the skin crisps nicely – served with simple boiled potatoes or rice and a green salad.