A traditional Sicilian recipe for sardines: Sarde a Beccafico alla Palermitana.
1kgsardinescleaned, heads and backbones removed
2tbsporangeor lemon juice
3tbspextra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Roast the breadcrumbs by putting them in a frying pan and cooking them on a medium fire while constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. They have to become golden brown. Do not burn them or they will become bitter.
Mix all the filling ingredients together and keep aside.
Put a tsp of filling on each sardine and roll it like an involtino and put them in an oven proof dish, greased with olive oil.
Put 1 bay leaf to separate each roll.
Mix the orange or lemon juice with the sugar and pour it all over the rolls.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for 10 or 15 minutes.
These are good warm, cold or at room temperature (the way I prefer them!).