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    I do like me some canned sardines, but I'd mostly eat them on a sandwich with avocado (since given up bread) and sauteed up over pasta (since given up pasta). I'm sort of stumped as to what I can make with them, usually don't have that problem!

    Any ideas? Haven't seen them featured all that much on paleo blogs/sites so they might be overlooked!

  • #2
    First idea that comes to mind is to make them the featured protein in a BAS.
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    • #3
      I was in a rush the other day so ate mine straight out of the can, mashed them, sprinkled on salt & pepper. And lived to tell the tale.
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      • #4
        I'm afraid I've little creativity here: I eat them out of the can, smushed up with a dollop of spicy brown mustard.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
          I'm afraid I've little creativity here: I eat them out of the can, smushed up with a dollop of spicy brown mustard.
          ditto. Or with a drip-drab of Vietnamese fish sauce.

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          • #6
            I often eat them just plain. Sometimes with a few pieces of seaweed, sesame seeds and tamari. Before I really started liking them, I'd make something akin to tuna salad. Mix the sardines with chopped celery, onion, mustard, mayo, etc.

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            • #7
              Right out of the can or rolled in lettuce leaves with avocado. That is how I eat liverwurst also. Rollups work well as a sandwich substitute.

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              • #8
                Both the options you described (sandwich or pasta toppings) would work just fine over a pile of salad greens (add other salad stuff such as onions, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, pine nuts etc according to what you have available/what you eat/taste) with maybe an EVOO and balsamic dressing.

                Last week I fried up some sardines with bacon, baby plum tomatoes and onion and then mixed it all together with a couple of soft boiled eggs and some hot sauce and sprinkled with a little grated cheese. I ate it from a bowl with a fork and it was delicious!
                I find most things that I used to enjoy on bread or pasta are equally delicious on salad or just eaten with a fork
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                • #9
                  I mash the sardines and mix them with chopped mint, mayonnaise and smoked paprika. That's one of my staple lunches.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ajax View Post
                    I mash the sardines and mix them with chopped mint, mayonnaise and smoked paprika. That's one of my staple lunches.
                    great idea! I have mint herb plant doing very well and was wondering what to do with all that mint!
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                    • #11
                      As suspected, nobody cooks with them, aside from making a "tuna" salad with them. Guess I'll have to do some experimenting on my own!

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                      • #12
                        Take a large aubergine (eggplant), cut it into quarter inch slices, and salt them in a colander for 20 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oven to 180° C.

                        Take a tin of sardines and scrape into a bowl - mash bones with a fork. Add a dessertspoon of finely chopped parsley, juice of half a lemon, and two medium sized, ripe tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped and some ground black pepper. Mix together and taste - add some ore pepper or even a little salt if needed - it must be quite spicy.

                        Drain the juice off the aubergine, rub well with olive oil on both sides and put on non-stick tray. Bake in oven about 10 - 15 minutes - the slices need to be softening but not mushy.

                        Remove slices from oven and spoon teaspoons of the sardine mix onto the slices, spread to cover generously and put into oven for 10 / 15 minutes until really hot through.

                        These make a great starter. With a little green salad on the plate to provide a different texture and to cut the richness. Strangely enough, little pieces of crisply fried bacon crumbled on top before baking the sardine mix works very well too.

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                        • #13
                          I love sardines too! I make mine into a salad:

                          Handful of crisp Romain, chopped
                          Handful of spinach, chopped
                          Can of Sardines in Olive Oil
                          Lemon juice
                          Salt and pepper to taste
                          Olives if you got 'em

                          Be sure to chop or else you'll have olive and fish oil all over your table, clothes and face.

                          I put all of the salad ingredients on a plate, lay the sardines on top, pour the olive oil from the can onto the greens, then squeeze the lemon juice on top (you can squeeze the juice through a strainer to catch the seeds). Salt and pepper to taste, and add some shaved parmesan.

                          Very Mediterranean. And fast to make.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tangentrider View Post
                            I'm afraid I've little creativity here: I eat them out of the can, smushed up with a dollop of spicy brown mustard.
                            Oh this is me. LOL

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