I’ve decided no Sweet’s for Fiesta Friday but instead, a simple recipe with fresh sardines! A Sardines are beautiful little fish, inexpensive and delicious grilled, marinated or like today as spicy croquettes. Thank you Angie from The Novice Gardener and thanks to Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking and Elaine @foodbod for co-hosting this week Fiesta Friday !
Serves: 12 pieces
- 1 kg of fresh sardines
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of red sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon of harissa paste or 2 red chilli peppers
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1 small bouquet of fresh coriander (this one is from my garden)
- 1 lemon
- Oil for frying
- Wash the sardines.
- Rub the sardines to remove the scales.
- Cut off the head.
- Cut along the belly to remove the organs.
- Rinse the sardines and put them into a colander (the technique is simple and fast).
- In a food processor add the sardines, the salt, the black pepper, the garlic, the paste harissa, the red sweet paprika and the coriander.
- Mix all the ingredients together, do not mix a long time just to assemble the ingredients (as seen in the picture).
- In a large pan add a little of the oil on a medium heat.
- Take a little of the sardines dough and make small croquettes.
- When the oil is hot add the croquettes and fry them.
- When they are gold, transfer them to a colander.
- Serve hot and drizzle with lemon juice.
The croquettes are tender, spicy and flavorful. You can add aïoli on the side for a delicious sauce (you can find my aioli recipe here). Bon Appétit.