This recipe brought back a lot of memories of the 70's and 80's.
Many a Saturday evening with friends consisted of a pitcher of
Martinis or Scotch sours, with various homemade spreads or dips.
I often made a spread of sardines, chopped egg and mayo, or chopped
clams with cream cheese on small rye bread,that I ran under the broiler.
One of the first dips I learned to make was a package of Lipton's onion
soup mix with sour cream. Times have changed a bit,
now I use Knorr's vegetable soup for the dip. Don't laugh,
they are still tasty combinations today.
I love the ingredients added to the cream cheese in this recipe,
they give it quite a flavor. I decided to stuff a few peppadew
with the mixture, topped with some capers. Hubby loved that,
he is a great fan of peppadews, and since I am not, I used some
saltine crackers with slices of petite pickles.
This spread is also great on sliced toast, and as I made the full recipe
of two cans of sardines, I think that will be lunch for a couple of days.
To say that there was a bit of apprehension about this one would be
an understatement. I had no desire to try anchovies but I try not to let
this come into play when it is "French Friday". Plus, I was trying to keep
my bias off the radar so that my taste testers would not be swayed.
I was initially quite surprised when I opened the sardine can and found
something that looked more like large pieces of tuna than "sardines".
This was actually the first time I ever cracked open a can and I was
expecting teeny little silvery fish to be inside. Since my tin consisted
of boneless and skinless sardines packed in oil, it definitely resembled
tuna in my book. Phew. Only hubby was on hand to test the recipe before
the post and we both concurred that it was nice - like tuna with a "kick".
In full disclosure I am not a huge seafood fan. I thought
I was bound to dislike the result - at best. But it was definitely way
better than I ever dreamed and my husband "officially" liked it.
Regardless - it was a fun adventure and Dorie once again took me
happily out of my comfort zone. As usual. Happy French Friday.