This recipe for sardines toast was exciting and scary to me at first. I’d never had canned sardines before.
When I was child I loved tuna fish. When I say love, I mean like LOVE tuna fish, and not like the occasional tuna fish sandwich kind-of way. I’m talking I’d eat tuna almost everyday, and if someone brought a tuna fish sandwich to school for lunch my mouth was drooling.
My parents would go to the big box stores and buy the mega packs of tuna fish at a time. Otherwise there wouldn’t be any in the house.
So, when Emery suggested we try this recipe that we saw Alton Brown do on his show Good Eats, I was excited because it looked great, but I didn’t know what to expect. Was it going to be oily and greasy with a super fishy taste?
I watched as my beloved toasted the dark pumpernickel bread, mushed up an avocado, and chopped up the cilantro.
As he was putting this creation together I couldn’t help notice how pretty it looked with all the ingredients piled high, but then he brought out the lemon. Once the lemon zest was added and the juice was squeezed on top I was sold!
While we took a little liberty with the recipe by adding some cilantro and tomatoes on top and using pumpernickel bread rather than what was suggested. I think it came out amazing. It’s very rich, and I wouldn’t have thought it would be healthy too. Thankfully Alton Brown knows what he’s talking about, and he shared this on his show. It’s now one of our favorites.
Inspired by Chef Alton Brown from his TV show Good Eats on the Food Network.
- 2 cans of sardines ( We like the King Arthur sardines in olive oil with cracked black pepper)
- 1 avocado
- 1 Tablespoon of Sherry Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh parsley
- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- 1 juice of 1 lemon
- 1 Roma tomato, diced
- Black pepper
- Step 1 Drain sardines to remove the oil from the can. Reserve 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Step 2 In a medium to large bowl whisk the sardine oil, vinegar, parsley, and lemon zest together.
- Step 3 Gently fold in the sardines. Be careful not to break them. Let them sit for about 10 minutes or longer.
- Step 4 Meanwhile, toast the bread in the oven or toaster.
- Step 5 cut the avocado in half and remove the core. Mash the avocado with a fork in the shell.
- Step 6 When toast is done, smear the smashed avocado on top.
- Step 7 Layer on the sardines.
- Step 8 Squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top and season with fresh ground pepper.
- Step 9 Garnish with cilantro and tomatoes.
- Step 10 If any remaining liquid from the sardines marinade available, then spoon over the toast.
- Step 11 Enjoy.