A fresh and pretty offering that will make sardine lovers swoon—and those who never liked sardines change their minds. I found a brand of sardines from Spain that offer up a mild taste and creamy texture that go in to creating this crowd-pleasing sardine canape.

Matiz Gallego’s sardines are the perfect way to give sardines a chance, as they have a very subtle and uncommon flavor. Plus, the addition of the breadcrumbs enhanced with lemon zest and parsley balances with the fish, and gives the dish a cool, dotted effect. Sprinkle away!

I incuded this sardine canape as part of a complete party theme with recipes focused on Super Foods. These little fish can do wonders for your body as they promote heart and bone health. They contain one of the highest concentrations of omega-3s, as well as high quantities of vitamin b12, vitamin D, and calcium. It’s a win-win situation!

MAKES 6 TOASTS

MAKE THE ZESTY CRUMBS

zest and juice 1 lemon
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 CUP breadcrumbs
3 TB olive oil

Mix together in a bowl. Crumbs should be kind of sticky.

MAKE THE TOASTS

pumpernickel bread, toast and cut each piece into 3 long strips
orange or cherry tomatoes, sliced thinly (horizontal slices)
3 sardines, split in half lengthwise, remove bones
Zesty Crumbs
2 TB capers
1 small onion, cut into very thin rings
1 lemon, cut into wedges

On each strip, place slices of tomato, top with half of one sardine. Sprinkle zesty crumb mixture over the sardines, add a couple of capers, a ring or two of the onion, and a squeeze of lemon. (The strips of sardines match up perfectly with the pumpernickel bread when cut into three sections.)

See more healthy party recipes featuring Super Foods in 05 Healing Foods