Skewers of Sicilian Fried Sardine Balls
4 – 6
4 – 6
(350 grams) sardines,
gutted and boned
plus more if necessary
tablespoons grated mild pecorino
Salt to taste
tablespoon pine nuts
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
Bay leaves for garnish
Mince the sardines and place them in a bowl with the breadcrumbs, pecorino, raisins, a little salt, and the pine nuts.
Add the eggs and stir to combine. if the mixture is too loose to form into balls, gradually add breadcrumbs in small amounts until it’s firm enough.
Shape the mixture into balls the size of ping-pong balls.
Heat enough oil in a pan to cover the balls, then deep-fry them
Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Thread two balls onto a skewer with a bay leaf in between them.
Repeat with remaining fried balls. Serve warm.