Baked sardines with tomato sauce, pine nuts and basil pesto


Recipe for 2 persons

0,5 kg fresh sardines

zest of 1 lemon

1 lime

1 garlic clove

100 g shallot

extra virgin olive oil

100 g pine nuts

1 large potato

300 g daterino tomatoes

40 g fresh basil

1dl cooking cream

salt, peper


Use your thumb to scrape the scales off the sardine. Remove the head and run your thumb down the underside towards the tail to open the fish and remove the blood. Wipe and dry the fish with paper towels, place in a low tray, grate the lemon, add the garlic clove. Cover the sardines with some oil and put them in a fridge for 30 minutes.

Roast half of the pine nuts in a dry pan until fragrant, and then cool them.

Heat the cooking cream until boiling, add the pine nuts and blend everything together with a stick blender.

Peel the potatoes and cook them in salted water. Mash the cooked potatoes, and add the pine nut cream.

Wash the tomatoes and slice them into small pieces, add chopped shallots, basil leaves, and a little garlic. Season with lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Fry the sardines in olive oil for 3-5 minutes. Salt the pan beforehand the fish browns nicely and does not stick.

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