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Old 10-18-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Angel hair pasta and sardines

The basic recipe:

1 (10-12 oz) pkg Angel hair pasta
1 15-oz can sardines in tomato sauce

1) Put a pot of water on to come to a boil
2) Open the can of sardines - remove the sardoies to a plate and reserve the sauce.
3) Fillet the sardines, discard the bones, and cut the fillets into 3-4 pieces.
4) When the water comes to a boil - put the pasta on to cook
5) Heat the sardines and reserved sauce in a 10-12 inch saute pan over low heat - do not burn
6) Add 1/4 cup pasta water to the sardines and sauce, add the pasta and mix with the sardines and sauce.

Serves: 2
Cost: about $2.50

Gussy it up:

1/2 cup diced onion
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
2 Tbs olive oil

Follow the above instructions ... except in step 5:

Saute the onions in the olive oil, then add the sardines and canned tomatoes sauce, and the 8-oz can of tomato sauce.

This adds about $0.75 - $1 to the recipe.

You can also:

add some sliced mushrooms - saute them with the onion
add some minced garlic

ALTERNATIVE TO PASTA:

Also works served over cooked rice - just thin the sauce a little.

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Old 10-18-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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Love Sardines...a favorite for Sunday night supper...Crackers, cheese, onions, hot sauce etc....

Now I got to do the Sardines with Pasta idea....

Could Sardine etouffee be next....

Holey Moley my mind is spinning!!!!

Thanks Michael for the inspiration, and the recipe!!
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:23 PM   #3
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LOL - I actually got the inspiration from reading an Italian cookbook!

I LOVE sardines, too! But, they have gotten sooo expensive ... and crackers are not as cheap these days, either! Thank goodness for the $1 stores!!!

Sardine Sandwich:

1 small can sardines in oil, drained
2 slices rye, pumpernickle or other similar tasty brown bread
big smear of spicy Cajun brown mustard with a touch of horseradish
thin slices of red onion - or pickled red onion
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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Michael, I love toasted pumpernickle with butter... I wonder wonder what the toast would taste like with mayo, sardines, lettuce, tomato and onion. I've always had a wonderful imagination.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:55 AM   #5
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Mmmmmm pumpernickle...I don't have any right now, but I'm thinking a flat can of King Oscar or maybe Crown Prince would work perfectly....Oh and some Zatarains mustard is a good idea!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:42 AM   #6
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I found FRIED sardines (well mackerels) in my Asian store.
Those are really good. Not as healthy as the sardines,
but the do hold together better in a noodle bowl.
Lately my "meat" in my noodle bowls has been sardines in
chili sauce. 79 cents for a can!

My sardine sandwich is on onion bun, with onions and cheddar.
Preferably the sardines in hot sauce. :)
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:46 AM   #7
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I love sardines, but I always buy them plain or in mustard sauce. I'll have to try the ones in chili sauce some time.
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I used to enjoy King Oscar sardines. But after driving past a sardine cannery in the Maritimes of Eastern Canada I'm less enthusiastic. I do not think King Oscar's brief encounter with Con Agra Foods did much good for King Oscar and Bumble Bee brands.

Pasta with a sardine & fennel sauce is a classic Italian dish.
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Bill my King Oscars say Product of Norway....Are they lying to me?
I really like the Crown Prince better anyway...but...
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #10
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I ADORE Sardine sandwiches - just mashed up sardines with lettuce & a nice slice of raw red onion on a good hard poppyseed roll! My mother used to make them for me all the time, & I could never understand why no one wanted to sit next to me during school lunchtime - lol!!

I've never EVER deboned them!! What a waste!! Not only are those bones softer than the bread/pasta/crackers you're serving them on, but removing them defeats part of what makes sardines a wonderfully nutritious food for women - all that terrific calcium!!

Folks - please don't bone them. You don't even notice the bones are there.
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