This snack or appetizer was inspired by a dish served at Prune restaurant in the east village. The chef Gabrielle Hamilton explained that the dish she serves of canned sardines, Triscuits and cornichon were based on the meals that she ate and could afford as a young newly transplanted New Yorker. Yet although simplistic, the combination of spicy mustard, minerally meaty fish and salty cornies are delicious and satisfying and a great way to get your omegas. The sustainable canned Portuguese Sardines weren't at all fishy and packed protein, calcium, iron, B12, vitamin D, phosphorous and of course omega-3. Omega-3 is a type of polyunsaturated fat and is essential to the diet because it cannot be made in the body. Omega-3 fat protects against multiple forms of cancer, is anti-inflammatory, assists in increasing good cholesterol and lowers bad, decreases the risk of blood clots and heart attacks and because of the incredibly high calcium content in sardines, helps prevent bone loss and improves bone strength.
If simply taking the sardines out of the tin and smothering them with mustard isn’t your forte, consider adding them to a salad, stuffing them in your sandwich, smashing them on your crostini, mixing them with your pasta or chopping them up in your sauce or marinade, the options are endless and to your benefit!