Growing up in the North, I didn’t eat much fish growing up and I am not great at cooking it. It is not that you cannot find good fish in North Italy, is just that we learn to cook from our mothers, who learned from their mothers, who didn’t had fish available if they did not close to the seaside. Plus my mom doesn’t like fish and I am not a big fan of fish either.
Anyway, while I am not a big fan of fish in general I somehow like blue fish more than other fish, because it has a bolder, more meaty flavor. The other day I finally found some frozen sardines and very happily bought them. The plan was to cook the sardines in the oven with potatoes and tomatoes.
Now in Italy sardines are usually cleaned when you buy them prepackaged, so the first thing I had to figure out is how to clean them. Thankfully I found this great video and followed it carefully, with pretty good results.
Baked sardines and potatoes
- 4 big sardines
- 2 potatoes
- 1 tomato
- parsley or rosemary or oregano
- After figuring out the cleaning of the fish, I sliced some potatoes and put them in cold water and I sliced a big tomato. I cut the fish in fillets and started layering my ingredients in an oven dish, starting with a layer of potatoes only and then going on with a layer of fish, slices of tomato and slices of potatoes. When all the ingredients were layered, I poured some oil in a small bowl and added some minced garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of rosemary (fresh parsley or oregano would also work very well). I poured the oil mixture over the fish and vegetables and then baked for about 40 minutes (or until potatoes are ready) in a 375F hot oven.
- Enjoy this very Mediterranean dish, it will make you feel like you are on a island looking out at the blue sea.