Sardines, sofrito, chiles at Vera
Sardines, sofrito, chiles ($10)
Sardines are very popular all over Spain but especially in the south. When sardines became available from Monterey California,I jumped at the chance to put them on our menu. I wanted to keep this dish fairly simple, they don't need a lot to make them taste good. The fish is fairly oily and has a lot of flavor so I wanted to counter some of that richness with acid and heat.I made a variation of a sofrito, which is usually used as a flavoring agent in paella or stewed dishes. I changed it up a bit and added chile flakes and lemon to a mixture of peppers,garlic, and parsley. This an example of a very simple dish that has a lot of flavor, which is what I try to do here at Vera. The sardines are grilled whole, with a little sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. I also don't buy large amounts at a time,I buy a small amount everyday to try to ensure freshness.
Pairing: La Cigarerra Manzanilla Sherry, Ameztoi Txakolina
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