Sicilian stuffed sardines
This typical Sicilian recipe for stuffed sardines makes the perfect starter or main course.
Stuffed sardines (sarde a beccafico in Italian) is one most traditional and well-loved dishes in Sicily - and there are many Sicilian recipes are based on sardines. Traditionally, sardines were used as a substitute for more expensive fish, allowing the less well off to recreate the dishes the noblemen were accustomed to eating.
'Beccafico' is the name of a small bird, a warbler, with very flavourful meat that consumes figs during the summertime, becoming quite plump. Noble Sicilians would catch and eat these birds, stuffed with their innards. This dish was beyond the poorer population who tried to recreate with dish with other ingredients. The small birds were substituted with less-expensive sardines and were stuffed with breadcrumbs rather than innards. Sicilian stuffed sardines became very popular in Sicily and are now considered an important part of the island’s cuisine.
Link to full recipe (courtesy of Academia Barilla)
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