I’ve been wanting to increase the amount of fish that we eat since it’s good for you and Rob and I both like it, but the sustainability issue is one that really bothers me. Ideally, I’d like to limit my part in fishing species out of existence. Sardines are generally regarded as a good choice for the health of both humans and the planet, and the coop I belong to has a good selection of inexpensive, ethically caught canned fish, but I’d never had them and wasn’t really sure what to do with them.
Then I was flipping through the Saltie cookbook recently and saw the recipe for the Captain’s Daughter: sardines, hard-boiled eggs, and salsa verde. Aha! I thought. That looks like an interesting combination. I had some homemade bread (from this Laurie Colwin recipes), plenty of eggs ready to boil, and the makings of a batch of chimichurri sauce, which really deserves its own post. I think it might be my favorite condiment of all time.
For my version (the Captain’s Redheaded Stepdaughter, perhaps), I toasted two slices of bread for each of us, buttered them lightly (I think cream cheese would be nice here, but I didn’t have any), mashed a boneless sardine filet on each slice, topped it with some hardboiled egg slices, and drizzled chimichurri sauce over the top. With a salad on the side, it was a flavorful, reasonably virtuous dinner that I’ll be happy to repeat. As for the sardines themselves, much like anchovies, I found them a little intense on their own, but delicious in concert with other strong flavors. I’m looking forward to playing around with them more.