1850 Sardines Bonne-Femme

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Le Guide Culinaire

By Auguste Escoffier

Published 1903

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Finely slice 250 g (9 oz) onion and blanch for a few minutes in boiling water. Drain well and cook gently to a golden colour in a little oil. Moisten with dl (5 fl oz or U.S. cup) white wine and reduce by two-thirds then add 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) roughly chopped flesh only of tomato which has been sauteed in a little oil. Season well and cook together gently.

Place the finished sauce in a gratin dish and arrange 12 nice cleaned sardines on top; sprinkle with white breadcrumbs mixed with a few crushed fennel seeds and some olive oil and gratinate in a hot oven.

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