If you have  a  can of sardines staring at you and no inspiration, make  a croque-sardines!

Inspired by the ubiquitous croque-monsieur,  except my croque-sardines has Middle-Eastern flavor.

Get some  rustic bread, slather a slice with muhammara, layer a few sardines; in the meantime, broil another slice with goat cheese.

NOTE: For a  sardine-hummus sandwich, click here.

INGREDIENTS: 2 sandwiches

  • 1 can of sardines (I used Morrocan sardines in olive oil)
  • 6 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1 small egg white (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic mashed in a mortar with a dash of salt
  • 1 cup of muhammara
  • A handful of arugula or any other greens


  1. Mix the goat cheese with a mashed clove of garlic and the egg white (optional). Spread on a slice of bread and toast in the oven for 4 minutes until the goat cheese is set and warm.
  2. In the meantime, slather some muhammara on the other slice, place the drained and wiped sardines on top and a few leaves of arugula. Top with the other slice and serve.

Muhammara recipe is available here.

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  1. Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Looks great, but we still have to make the muhammara from scratch. Here’s a video on preparing fresh anchovies, You could do the same with sardines.
    Love your videos, very well done.

  2. Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Forgot to mention that I totally approve of the Frei Bros. Chardonnay.

  3. Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink


    I love canned sardines (fresh ones too). Just yesterday I bought a huge selection of canned sardines from all over at this market nearby. I got sardines from Morocco, Portugal, Spain, countries in the Adriatic sea, Scandinavia and from here Monterrey Bay. They have their own terroir or shall I say (oceonoir) depending on where the fish was caught. I still go for basic whole sardines packed in olive oil. Sardines have lots of good for you healthy omega fats.

    This sandwich looks divine. I never mixed sardine and cheese silly me….
    A glass of Roussanne would do too :)

    Cheers from the Dock of the Bay.

  4. Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful and inspired! I love sardines in any form. Now I have another way of preparing it. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe.

  5. Posted July 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    This sounds lovely!

  6. Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Un petit passage pour te souhaiter un bon dimanche qui hélas sera sous la pluie pour moi !!
    Bisous bisous

  7. Posted July 10, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    It looks good! I’m not sure how anything with sardines in it can be vegan though.

  8. Posted July 10, 2011 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Love sardines, guess what I am having for supper tonight :-) Diane

  9. Posted July 10, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Here in Trieste we use a sauce called Ajvar , is very similar to muhammara ! i love sardines,thanks!

  10. Posted July 10, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    We should eat more sardines, but I often don’t know what to do with them. A great idea for a light supper.

  11. Posted July 10, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I stay away from canned sardines but can I tell you that my husband LOVES them! He keeps stacks of them in the pantry. He’d love this recipe and maybe, actually, I would too.

  12. Posted July 10, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    A Middle-Eastern croque-monsieur sounds delicious! The sardines and muhammara make a great filling, and the broiled goat cheese top looks fantastic. Looks better than the original!

  13. Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    What a lovely take on croque-monsieur! Looks fantastic and the photo is making me quite hungry now :)

  14. Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I love goat cheese and I love sardines – this sounds like a perfect meal!

  15. Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Excellent as usual! Great idea! Love sardines.

  16. Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Never have sardines in the house – I wonder how this would be with smoked trout? Although this does look enticing enough to make me run out and get some sardines!

  17. Posted July 11, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    What a great idea. I always have a tin of sardines in the house.

  18. Posted July 11, 2011 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    I love sardines, and am planning a sardine and red onion sandwich for lunch!

    PS on another subject, I have never tried REAL pine nuts from Lebanon or pignolis fresh picked from Italy. What a treat…..I am stuck w/ the bagged stuff from China.

  19. Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Un croque de rêve, magnifique et gourmand avec toutes ces belles couleurs…

  20. Posted July 15, 2011 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    hum miam super idée ca donne envie de croquer dedans!

  21. Posted July 15, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Looks Delicious!

    Welcome to the Society!

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