Les Mouettes d’Arvor Sardine Vintage Saison in extra virgin olive oil

Sardines de Saison vintage, 115g. The new vintage, a treat for fans.

Do not hesitate to let them age, they improve with time.

These subtle, delicately flavored French sardines are packed in extra virgin olive oil, which adds a layer of richness.

They are fantastic eaten right out of the tin with just some crackers and hot sauce or toasted rye bread and coarse mustard. But sardines also bring special flavor to everything from salad to baked eggs. Because we’re lovers of all things pasta, our favorite way to use these is inpasta con le sarde, or pasta with sardines. A lemony Greek salad with sardines, chickpeas, cucumbers, feta and mint would be a nice choice on the fresh side. When it’s time for appetizers, mash sardines into a coarse paste with white beans, garlic, herbs and capers and serve as a spread with crostini. Or try mixing some mashed sardines into fish cakes or potato fritters.

About the Producer: Les Mouettes d’Arvor (“the seagulls of Arvor”) is the only remaining seafood cannery in the Breton town of Concarneau, one of France’s largest fishing ports. Here, Jacques Gonidec and his team continue to do things the old fashioned way: The freshest sardines, fished in season, are cured in ice-cold salt water to maintain texture and flavor, then cleaned, dried, quickly fried, cut and laid into cans… all by hand.

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