Taste of Cyprus Local Food Cooked sardines with pancetta cheese

Cooked sardines with pancetta cheese

Heat the oven to 2200C. In a bowl, add the Chabata crumbs, the fennel, pine nuts and marjoram. Add plenty of salt and pepper and olive oil and mix well. Make “sandwiches” placing the Chabata mixture in between every 2 sardine fillets, wrap them firmly with pancetta and steady them with the rosemary twigs or toothpicks.
Spread the stuffed sardines on an oven proof dish and cook in the oven for around 8 minutes. Serve hot or warm with the rocket/tomato salad.

Note: to roast the pine nuts, put them in a non-stick frying pan without oil, on a low heat and stir continuously until they change colour. Place them in a bowl immediately so as not to overcook in the frying pan.

½ bulb of fennel, with
its leaves finely chopped
1 cup ground Chabata bread in the blender without the crust
½ cup pine nuts, slightly roasted (see note)
1 tbsp marjoram without the petals
3-4 tbsps olive oil
8 thin slices of Italian pancetta
8 fresh sardines cleaned and separated into fillets
8 rosemary twigs
or toothpicks
Sea salt, ground black pepper
Rocket salad/ tomato
for serving

Top Stories

Man, 42, arrested for debt owed to Nicosia city hall

A 42-year-old man was arrested and thrown in jail over a mere €2,473 debt owed to Nicosia city hall on Thursday. The man a recipient...

Rare stolen books worth millions recovered from under Romanian house

About 200 rare books stolen from the UK were found under a house in Romania on Wednesday following a police raid. The books, said to...

Migrants in new Lesbos camp reach 9,000

About 9,000 migrants have moved into a new temporary camp on Lesbos, a Greek migration ministry official said on Saturday leaving abandoned camping tents...

Police ask for help to find missing 16-year-old boy (photo)

Mofe el Ramadan, 16, from Syria, is missing from his home in Larnaca since early morning Saturday, according to police. The 16-year-old is described as...

Ten students admit to having participated in Paralimni Lyceum incident so far, investigations continue

Six days after the incident and following hot on the heels of Police the Ministry of Education has decided to also launch an investigation...


Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...

Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...


Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...