Small Fish, Big Flavor: New Sardine Toasts Recipe

Small Fish, Big Flavor: New Sardine Toasts Recipe

Greetings, seafood!

Everyone loves good protein-rich croutons, spreads and dips. But have you ever embellished your little toast with sardines? We can almost guarantee you're not taking full advantage of a stellar ingredient in this deliciously unpretentious appetizer!

Now you might be thinking… sardines? Aren't those just little fish in a can? Well yes, they are, but trust us, they are about to become one of your favorite proteins with our new toasted crostini recipe!

Small in size but not in flavor, sardines contain a rich concentration of flavor, which pairs wonderfully with acidic ingredients like lemon, salt, onion and kalamata olives in this appetizer. Sardines are also very affordable and since they typically come in cans and are shelf stable. So you can easily take advantage of in-store sales or buy in bulk without worrying about food waste.

But the benefits don't stop at the good price and great taste! Sardines boast an impressive array of nutrients. These small fish provide a significant amount of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium, covering more than 20% of the daily value (DV) for each. Plus, sardines contain almost your entire recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids!

This means your guests will get more than just a great appetizer when you prepare them for your next gathering. They too will get some relief from their health! And you don't have to limit sardine toast for the holidays – we love them as an energizing after-school snack, post-workout snack, or even as a light lunch!

For an on-the-go option, package the spread separately from the croutons and prepare it at your desk, on a picnic or on the go.

And there you have it: a simple but satisfying appetizer, ideal for any meal!



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  • 67 ounces canned boneless sardines in olive oil, chopped
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp sea ​​salt flakes
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chili pepper pieces
  • 16 Store-bought mini toast crostini
  • 1 and a half tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves (each cut in half)
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Freshly grated parmesan (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn (optional)

  1. Combine sardines, red onion, and olives in a small bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes; mix until combined. Set aside.
  2. Arrange the croutons on a platter or serving plate. Drizzle evenly with ½ tablespoon olive oil, then rub the cut garlic halves over the surface of the croutons. Cover with the sardine mixture, then the radish and basil leaves, if using. Drizzle with remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.


Recommended utensils: plate or tray, bowl, cutting board, knife

  • Author: Fish-based dish
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Kitchen: Sardines

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