New Food Friday – Breisling Sardines

16 Nov

Fish is the order of the day for this New Food Friday.

Have you ever tried breisling sardines? Now before you wrinkle your nose up and go, “ewww” you need to give these fish a chance. They’re different from regular sardines because they are milder in flavor, tiny, and tender.

King Oscar sardines Sardinesare caught wild in Norwegian fjords, the North Sea as well as the Baltic Sea. As many as 11 different species of fish are used. Sardines aren’t actually a fish species; it’s the processing that makes them a sardine. 

Each sardine is packed by hand. Healthy for your heart and your whole body. 

Sardines

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Nutrition Facts:

One can is one serving size. Sardines are a top source of Omega-3’s, protein, calcium, and vitamins B12 and D. One serving provides 20% of your daily requirement of calcium. Since I am always looking for ways to increase my calcium intake, I opted to try these sardines.

Another benefit of sardines is that they are low on the food chain and therefore low in contaminants such as mercury (lower than tuna).

Sardines come in many canned varieties:

with mustard

with tomato sauce

with olive oil

with soybean oil, and others.  So chose carefully.

You will notice that when you open the pop-top can, there is no fishy smell.Sardines

I’ve had other canned sardines and they tasted just like tuna to me. These olive oil packed breisling sardines tasted more like a mild flavored fish. They are difficult to remove from the can because they are so tender. However, I only had one “casualty” and promptly ate it.

Because these fish are so tiny, and so tender, you don’t have to de-bone them or gut them. Sardines - PackedThey do have a tail which you can probably eat, but I chose to remove it. They are already de-headed.

Sardines can also be eaten fresh. The flavor and the texture is completely different from the canned version. I understand they are very delicious! I never had the good fortune to try them but I would not turn down the opportunity! Grilled fresh sardine is a popular Mediterranean dish.

I sprinkled half a lemon on them and gave them some pepper flakes along with the tiniest drizzle of olive oil since they come packed in olive oil already. Breisling SardinesThey were very good! I was in the mood for a very light meal and they did the trick nicely! I added a sprig of sage from my garden for color only.

If you like fish, I think you will like these sardines. I bought these King Oscar sardines at Meijer for $2.50. They are so good for you, you should really give them a try! Besides, November 24th is National Sardine Day. Celebrate with a sardine!

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16 Responses to “New Food Friday – Breisling Sardines”

  1. TBM November 27, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    My better half loves sardines. I should track some of these down.

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      The ones I’ve talked about are mild in flavor. They’re very good for you. How do you feel about canned tuna or salmon? If you can eat them, you surely can eat these!

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  2. juwannadoright November 18, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I used to bristle at the thought of eating sardines – but I bought some that were on sale and shoved them in the pantry (and then ignored them). One day I was looking for a bite to eat and saw my long-ignored cans. So I opened one, put them on Melba Toast with a little onion and squeezed a lemon on them. Delicious. Now I’m addicted.

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      ; – ) How did I miss using that play on words? Sardines are more popular than I thought! I had mine in the pantry a long time too but once I ate them, I replenished them right away. Do you think the kids in Bristol are sharp as a thistle when they do the Bristol Stomp (and eat breisling sardines)? lol.

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  3. silverbells2012 November 17, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Sardines are one of my favourite fish :)

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  4. chrissyg22 November 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    I grew up eating sardines (whole fresh or frozen)hot off the bbq with cornbread….Love! (my parents used a charcoal BBQ specifically for sardine) The canned sardines we have with some cooked potatoes and drizzled with some oilve oil and splash of balsamic.

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      You’re making me hungry! How did they cook the potatoes?

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      • chrissyg22 November 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

        Just some salt and boil in water sometimes cooked with a side of turnip tops.

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        • Marcella Rousseau November 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

          Girl, you’ve got me intrigued! I wish I could get them frozen. Maybe I can; I’ve never looked for them! I love greens so I’m going to try this. Gee, at this rate I may have to start a sardine blog. lol, just kidding! Can you imagine a sardine blog? Everything sardines. That would be kind of fun! All I’d have to do is clone myself ; – )

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  5. camparigirl November 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Yes. The ones I buy here tend to be bigger than the canned ones so it makes de-boning them while eating a bit of a hassle. But still delicious with just a splash of lemon. Mediterranean sardines tend to be very small so they can just be popped in the mouth whole.

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Yes, that is exactly what the Internet said when I researched it. Glad to hear you confirm it!

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  6. camparigirl November 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    This is such an overlooked food and, as you point out, extremely healthy. Also, because they are so flavorful, salt is not necessary

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      I was looking forward to your comment about these. Have you ever had them fresh or grilled in Italy? (or in the states.)

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    • Marcella Rousseau November 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      I tell you, I don’t see or hear anybody else talking about them; certainly not on the cooking shows!

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