Grilled Sardines with Sweet and Sour Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette and Toasted Bread

Total Time:
28 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
18 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing sardines and bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 fresh sardines, scaled and gutted but heads left on
  • 4 (1/2-inch) slices Italian bread
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Directions
  • Heat grill to high. Place lemon juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on the grates of the grill. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  • Place cooled lemon syrup, vinegar, salt, and mustard in a blender and blend until combined. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until emulsified. Stir in the pepper.

  • Brush sardines with oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until just cooked through.

  • Brush bread on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill for about 45 seconds per side. Place each slice of bread on a plate and top with a sardine. Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with chopped parsley.


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