← Back to Search Results
baking European
Crostini with Salted European-Style Butter, Smoked Sardines, and Pepper Cress Recipe-2649

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

In the midst of trying a bunch of Spanish products for this book, I tasted canned sardines for the first time. I liked them so much I knew I had to think of a way to include them in the book. I tried to think of what Gabrielle Hamilton would do with them. They just seemed like something she would use. So this recipe is dedicated to Gabrielle. I hope she approves. Since butter is a central ingredient in these crostini, I call for a high-fat butter, such as domestic Plugrà or any high-quality European variety. I use regular supermarket varieties of smoked sardines, but I do try to find sardines that say “lightly smoked” so the smoky flavor doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the fish.

Yield: Serves 4
Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4½-inch-thick slices from a bâtard (or 8 slices from a baguette or 2 slices from a large round rustic white loaf, cut in half)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing the bread
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons salted, Europeanstyle butter, softened just to a spreadable (not oily) consistency
  • 1/8 small red onion, cut through the core and thinly sliced (about 40 slices)
  • 4 fillets canned smoked sardines, backbones removed
  • 24 stems pepper cress or live watercress
  • Sea salt

Directions

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the bread slices on a baking sheet, brush the tops with olive oil, and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly toasted and golden brown. (You can also toast the bread in a toaster, but without the oil. Then brush the toast with oil after they’re done.) Rub the oiled side of the crostini with the garlic and set them on your work surface, oiled side up.

Spread about 2 teaspoons of butter in an uneven layer on each crostino, leaving the edges of the bread visible. Scatter the onion slices over the butter, dividing them evenly, lay 1 sardine on each, and top with the cress and a few grains of sea salt.


© 2007 Nancy Silverton
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information does not include extra-virgin olive oil for brushing the bread, or grains of sea salt to finish.

268kcal (13%)
73mg (7%)
7mg (11%)
91mcg RAE (3%)
162mg
24mg
9g
2g
2g
37g
29mg (10%)
454mg (19%)
5g (26%)
10g (15%)
3mg (14%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

daves-dinners-a-fresh-approach-to-home-cooked-meals Dave's Dinners: A Fresh App...
by Dave Lieberman
nancy-silvertons-sandwich-book Nancy Silverton's Sandwich ...
by Nancy Silverton
nigella-express Nigella Express
by Nigella Lawson
food-to-live-by Food to Live By
by Myra Goodman
lucid-food Lucid Food
by Louisa Shafia
cooking-for-friends Cooking for Friends
by Gordon Ramsay
martin-yans-china Martin Yan's China
by Martin Yan
cook-with-jamie Cook with Jamie
by Jamie Oliver
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
rosas-new-mexican-table-friendly-recipes-for-festive-meals Rosa's New Mexican Table: F...
by Roberto Santibanez
Close_overlay

Thanks for signing up!

You'll receive an activation email in your inbox shortly. Don't forget to click that link and activate your new Cookstr.com account!

Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up for Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?