How to make Sardines in a Pickle.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
16 fresh sardines
oil to fry them
flour and salt
6 garlic cloves
200 ml. of white wine vinegar
100 ml of water
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of sweet red paprika
1 thyme branch
Clean the sardines under tap water taking their head and guts away. Let them dry a bit.
Heat some olive oil in a sauce pan.Coat the sardines in flour and fry when the oil is hot. When done place over kitchen paper to leave there the excess of oil. Place the sardines in a glass recipient.
Don’t take the skin off the garlics, just smash them with a plain knife and fry in the same sauce pan with the same oil, add the bay leaf, the pepper and the thyme branch.
When the garlic starts to get some colour, take the sauce pan out of the heat and add the paprika. Stir so that it doesn’t burn. Add also the vinegar and the water. Stir and put back over the heat. When it starts boiling pour it over the sardines we had in the glass recipient. Make sure the pickle covers them.
Let it cool down and when cold place in the fridge.
They can stay there for days!