Friday, July 19, 2019

Grilled Parma-wrapped Stuffed Sardines #FishFridayFoodies

These grilled Parma-wrapped stuffed sardines have a flavorful filling of spicy seasonings, breadcrumbs and toasted pine nuts. We cook them over hot coals, which crisps up the Parma ham and adds a delightful smokiness.

I am fortunate to be able to get fresh sardines at my local fish market here in the Channel Islands. In fact, with the exception of Singapore, where I could only assume the fishermen didn’t bother catching them because they would have sold for so little, they’ve been available every place we’ve lived. (On the other hand, Singapore had cheap green-lipped mussels, something we never saw in Malaysia. Same fishing waters so it was a mystery.)

We love fresh sardines because they are not only full of flavor but they are quick cooking and cheap. If you are lucky enough to have a fishmonger who will debone the sardines for you, you are off to an easy start. If not, it’s really quite simple. Check out this butterflied stuffed sardine recipe for instructions with photos.

This month it’s my turn to host Fish Friday Foodies so I chose Grilled Seafood as our theme. Make sure you scrolled down to the bottom to check out the other grilled recipes we are sharing.

Grilled Parma-wrapped Stuffed Sardines

These guys make a lovely dinner with side dishes or serve them up individually on a bed of lightly dressed mixed greens as a starter at your next barbecue.

1/4 cup or 35g toasted pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for greasing the aluminum grilling tray
1 large onion, peeled, finely chopped
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
2/3 cup, loosely packed, or 40g fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon butter
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
10 small sardines, gutted, heads and bones removed
5 slices Parma ham, cut in half lengthwise

Lemon wedges to serve and parsley to garnish, optional

First, make the stuffing: Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently cook the onion, garlic, chili until they are tender and almost a mush. Do this slowly so they don’t brown too much or scorch.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then stir in the butter, the breadcrumbs and pine nuts. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Open the deboned sardines up and divide the filling between them.

Fold them back into shape then wrap each one with a half slice of Parma ham.

Refrigerate covered with cling film, until ready to grill.

Light coals in your barbecue pit. When they are grey, which usually takes about 20 minutes, you are ready to grill the sardines. Meanwhile, lightly grease an aluminum grilling tray* with olive oil.   (*Amazon affiliate link)

Place the grilling tray on the barbecue grill and add the stuffed sardines.

Cook for a couple of minutes uncovered, then put the lid on with the vent well open for another three.

Use a metal spatula to loosen the sardines from the grilling tray, then turn them over carefully.

Cook for another couple of minutes uncovered, then put the lid on, again with the vent well open.

Cook for another 4-5 minutes or until the sardines are cooked through. I gently separate the meat with the point of knife at the thickest spot to check. It should be whitish and opaque.

Transfer the stuffed sardines to a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.


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