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Any brand recommendations for sardines? I've never served them before but I keep seeing recipes for a pasta dish with Parmesan cheese, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Hubby was a pizza man for a brief time and is less than impressed with the way chain-store sardines smell through a pizza box. I figure I have one shot to convince him that sardines on pizza aren't the only way. Thank you!

asked by OnBlank over 5 years ago
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added over 5 years ago

I love Wild Planet from California (though canned abroad due to the fact that no US canneries remain). They're big and meaty and really delicious. Cole's are also great, as are MorGaDa from Portugal.

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added over 5 years ago

Try BELA-Olhão sardines.You can usually find them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

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added over 5 years ago

Midge, we love those, too! Was on the train and having trouble remember the name :)

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added over 5 years ago

Ortiz is a pretty good brand.

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amysarah

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added over 5 years ago

From your description - often used on pizza at chain stores; commonly used in pasta with olive oil/garlic/pepper flakes - I think you may be thinking of anchovies, not sardines.

Sardines, which are also sold both canned and fresh (heaven, btw) are also used in some pasta dishes (Pasta con le Sarde is a classic Sicilian one, with sardines, pine nuts, raisins, tomatoes, etc.)...but not nearly as commonly as anchovies. Sardines might also be used as a pizza topping sometimes, but I don't think they're typically offered at the 'chain', mass market places, e.g. Pappa John's or Domino's.

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added over 5 years ago

I use these salted anchovies with greens and pasta. I also buy fresh sardines.

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added over 5 years ago

Good heavens, amysarah, you're absolutely right! I'm obviously quite naive about both sardines and anchovies, and from the recipes I've seen, I couldn't wrap my head around the idea of a "meaty" sardine melting into the sauce.

Well, in that case, does anybody have an anchovy recommendation? (Thank you, casa-giardino! Those look lovely, and the tin photo is very helpful.)

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added over 5 years ago

lastnightsdinner, the name doesn't exactly roll off your tongue! I had to look it up myself. They stopped importing them for a while, but they seem to be back now. OnBlank, anchovies on pizza sounds much better!

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added over 5 years ago

Rustichella d'Abruzzo has terrific anchovies packed in olive oil - I get mine at Whole Foods. Ortiz are good as well.

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