What Are Some Great Recipes with Canned Sardines?

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Q: When our first child was born I lost my job and and ended up qualifying for WIC. One of the monthly food allowances is canned fish. It seems like sardines are the best option, as far as mercury, marine stewardship, etc. — but I have no experience cooking with sardines.  My husband doesn’t love the flavor, so I’m looking for suggestions beyond sardines on a cracker, or sardines with plain pasta. Any good recipes out there for canned sardines?  Are they very similar to another fish for easy substitutions?  I also recently started Weight Watchers and there are zero recipes for sardines on the website. 

Sent by Rachael

Editor: Rachael, sardines are indeed pretty intense (although grilled fresh sardines — oh yum!) but they can lend a depth of flavor to many things. Think about blitzing the sardines into paste and tossing them with cheese, vegetables, and pasta for a quick gratin. They won’t stand out, but they will give a nice salty savoriness to the dish. Or whisk a paste into your next batch of tomato sauce.

Readers, what creative recipes do you have for sardines?

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