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Fresh Sardines Naples Style

Rated as 3.88 out of 5 Stars

"Fresh sardines are fried to a crispy golden brown, and drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette then topped off with a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves. Serve this appetizer with a good white wine."
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1 h 45 m servings 1011
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Prepare the sardines by removing the heads and back bones. Rinse and pat dry. Dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the sardines a few at a time until brown and crispy. Remove to a large serving plate, and keep warm.
  3. In another skillet over medium heat, heat a bit of the oil. Add garlic, and cook for about half a minute. Add the wine and vinegar, and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally. When the liquid has reduced by about half, pour the sauce over the sardines, and sprinkle with fresh mint. Let stand for about 1 hour before serving to allow the fish to marinate.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1011 calories; 72.2 26.1 47.1 0 5 Full nutrition

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Delicious! The combination of sardine, dressing and mint was refreshing. I would have appreciated more guidance on how to prepare the sardines, however. Removing the heads was easy, but it to...

Tasted great but I couldn't forget the image of the fish heads.

Very tasty. A flag went up when I saw mint(???) in the ingredients but have no fear. It all works together very well (I kept everything warm in the oven on the platter after adding the vinegrett...

Really tasty- was my first go at preparing raw sardines. Only warning is that my boyfriend couldnt handle the smell of the sardines cooking :( They were delicious, but he wouldnt/couldnt even tr...

Followed the recipe to the letter and although this was a very nice dish I felt it called for a bit too much vinegar. I think I will only use a 1/2 cup next time.

I liked this for an entree. I like vinegar very much, but will use a little less the next time. Salt & pepper wasn't mentioned, presumably it was meant to be in the flour. I however put th...