For this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, the Doristas got brave and chose a slightly scary recipe: Sardine Rillettes. Rillettes are a meat- (or fish-) based spread eaten as an appetizer. Rillettes are traditionally a very rich dish made from pork, goose, or duck, though lighter rillettes made from fish, such as salmon or sardines, are now common.
This week I am visiting my parents in Seattle, so they and my sister got to be the taste testers. My husband, who is not always a very adventurous eater, was surprisingly disappointed he would not be able to try this dish. Sardines sounded good to him.
To make Sardine Rillettes, cream cheese is blended with finely chopped shallots, green onion, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and a pinch of piment d’Espelette. I was able to harvest fresh parsley and chives from my Dad’s garden! Next, the sardines and mashed into the cream cheese mixture to form a smooth spread.
I served the Sardine Rillettes with some basic crackers, which were the perfect foil for the complex flavors. It was a big hit! I loved the briny flavor of the sardines mixed with the crunchy bite of the minced shallots. The lemon and herbs rounded out the flavors.
The quality of your sardines are very important to the success of this dish. My mom said she had made this once before and didn’t like it very much. I got some higher-quality sardines and she really liked it this time around.
Let’s see how many Doristas tried and liked this dish! To see the other results check out the “Leave Your Link” post: LYL: sardine rillettes.