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    Chilli Dressed Sardine Fillets with Tomatoes

    These skinned and boned chilli (or lemon if you prefer) sardines are wonderful, I've seen the same idea on sale in France at four times the price! The combination of cream cheese, pesto, tomato, olive oil and basil is one of my all time favourites and never fails to please.

    Serves: 2


    • 1/2 tbsp paprika,to garnish
    • 2tsp Waitrose Italian Pesto
    • 125g cream cheese
    • 4 medium tomatoes, ends trimmed, then sliced to give 16 slices in total
    • 2 x 120g cans Waitrose Sardine Piccanti
    • 6 pitted black olives, thinly sliced across into rings
    • 3 tbsp Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Greek is my favourite)
    • 1 tbsp Waitrose White Wine Vinegar
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley,
    • 4-6 basil leaves to garnish


    1. In a bowl, mash the pesto into the cream cheese, then 'sandwich' teaspoons of the mixture between the tomato slices (stacking four slices at a time).
    2. Arrange the sardine fillets around the plate allowing one can per person, then top the fillets with the olive rings. Arrange two stacks of tomatoes in a line on each plate of sardines.
    3. Whisk together the oil, vinegar and seasoning to taste with salt and pepper, then drizzle equally over the tomatoes and fish. Garnish with the parsley, basil and a dusting of paprika and serve with chunks of fresh crusty bread.

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