All hail fish in a can!

I love fish in a can. Not just tuna, but also salmon, octopus, kippers, anchovies, and yes, sardines. Fish in a can are a delicious, easy, cheap source of protein. Often, I will eat kippers or sardines straight out of the can. But every now-and-again I want to COOK with them: with pasta, in an omelette, the possibilities are practically endless.

Here's a photo from a recent Facebook post of the ingredients of an easy weeknight supper. For the record, I will not buy the squid again (too much ink, not enough squid).

Here’s a photo from a recent Facebook post of the ingredients of an easy weeknight supper. For the record, I will not buy the squid again (too much ink, not enough squid).

Then, every once in awhile I come up with a completely brilliant idea like this one…

Sardine BLT with Black Garlic Mayonnaise

makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices seeded rye bread
  • 1 can of sardines
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon (still warm)
  • 3-4 leaves Boston Bibb lettuce, rinsed and dried
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced thin (about 3 slices for each sandwich)
  • 1 tsp black garlic paste
  • 1/4 C prepared mayonnaise

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic paste and mayonnaise until blended and smooth. Spread mayonnaise on one side of all 4 slices of bread, as thickly as desired.  IMG_0915
  2. Open the sardines and drain off any oil. Using half of the sardines for each sandwich, arrange sardines on 2 slices of the bread.  IMG_0916
  3. Top sardines with bacon, lettuce, and tomato slices.  IMG_0917IMG_0919IMG_0918
  4. Place second slice of bread atop each sandwich.
  5. Serve sandwich sliced in half, if desired.  IMG_0921

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