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MY KITCHEN IN SPAIN: THESE SARDINES ARE SMOKIN’!


Minimize sprigs of recent herbs a number of days earlier than smoking and permit them to dry. Do the identical if utilizing, as an illustration, lemon peel or twigs of grape vines or fruit wooden. You can even buy wooden chips or sawdust for smoking. You aren’t going to set the herbs on hearth, however merely warmth them on the range till they start to smoke. Lining the pan with foil prevents blackening the pan. 

 

For the short remedy earlier than smoking, you will have sufficient coarse salt to fully cowl the sardine fillets. Sugar, black pepper, herbs, lemon or different aromatics will be added to the salt, if desired. These very small fish want solely 20 to half-hour curing time. Longer and they are going to be means too salty. Likewise, they’re absolutely smoked in 10 minutes. Longer smoking causes their flesh to harden. 

Find out how to serve smoked sardines:

Serve smoked sardines on toasts as an appetizer. Toss them with salad greens and French dressing. Mash them with creamed cheese and lemon juice to make a variety. Chop them right into a chowder. Serve them, together with fried inexperienced peppers, as topping for a pan of migas (fried bread crumbs). Toss with spaghetti. 

1 pound recent sardines (approx. 20 fish) 

1 cup coarse salt (8 ½ ounces)

1 tablespoon sugar

Sprigs of dried rosemary or thyme

Bay leaf

Citrus leaf or strip of lemon zest

Fragrant stove-top wooden chips or powder (non-obligatory)

Further virgin olive oil

Soak sardines in ice water.

5 days earlier than smoking the sardines

Clear and fillet the sardines: Engaged on a number of thicknesses of newspaper, slide off the scales from the tail to the pinnacle. Minimize off the heads and take away the heart. Grasp the highest of the backbone between thumb and forefinger. With the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand, loosen the flesh across the backbone and draw it down, “unzipping” the fillets as you go. Use kitchen scissors to chop away the backbone, leaving the 2 fillets connected on the dorsal facet and on the tail. Wash the fillets nicely and place them in a bowl. Cowl them with salted ice water and let stand 1 hour.

Dry sardines on paper towel.

Freeze the sardines. Rinse the sardines once more. Pat them dry on paper towels. Place in a lined container and freeze them for five days. Thaw the sardines in a single day within the fridge.

Treatment the sardines in preparation for smoking

Mix the salt and sugar. Unfold a layer of the salt combine within the backside of a lidded container (glass or ceramic is greatest, plastic is appropriate). Unfold a layer of sardine fillets, skin-side down, on the salt. Cowl them with extra salt. Add one other layer of sardines and canopy with salt. 

Cowl the container and refrigerate for 20 to half-hour. Take away the sardines from the salt. (Discard salt.) Wash the sardines in chilly water. (If the sardines are to not be smoked instantly, cowl and refrigerate them till prepared to complete the method.) Dry the sardines on paper towels.

Place the sardine fillets on a rack in a cool, ethereal place or, uncovered, within the fridge in order that their floor dries earlier than smoking.

Place dried herbs, wooden powder on foil in pan.

Smoke the sardines

Use a heavy pot with tight-fitting lid. Line the pot with foil. Place sprigs of rosemary or thyme, bay leaf and citrus leaf or lemon zest and wooden powder, if utilizing, on the foil. Place a rack on prime of the herbs. Put the lid on the pot and place it on a excessive warmth till the contents are dried and starting to create smoke. 

Lay the sardines, pores and skin facet down, in a single layer on the rack. Return the pot to the warmth. When the pot once more fills with smoke, decrease the warmth to medium and smoke the sardines 10 minutes. Take away the pot from the warmth and take away the lid. Rigorously take away the rack with the sardines.

If smoking a second spherical of sardines, to create extra fragrant smoke, add a couple of new sprigs of the dried herbs to those already within the backside of the pan.

Place the smoked sardines on a serving plate. Drizzle them generously with olive oil. If they’re to be saved, place the sardines in a container with a lid, cowl them fully in oil and refrigerate them, lined, as much as 1 week. 

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