I was at the market and spotted shiny little fish in the ice bank. Someone had ordered fresh sardines and didn’t need them all. They were fresh, unfrozen, and uncleaned. I got them on the spot.
So… what to do?
Stuff some lemon and thyme in them.
Put them on pans with more thyme, oil, and garlic. Sprinkle salt.
I did 2 and then 3.
They need only a few minutes, close to the heat source.
These critters are as oily as a conference of bishops! Hence, you need something that will cut through.
I had an unusual Basque white wine with strong citrus overtones and slightly effervescent. Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina (pronounced “cha-koh-leena”)
In the end, I had 5 nice broiled sardines and a green salad.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. When something catches your eye, it’s generally okay to change plans and work with it!