It's been quite some time since I participated in French Fridays with Dorie and I was a little hesitant to make this my welcome back to French Fridays with Dorie recipe ! Sardine Rillettes-I'm not a sardine fan, J is. So I thought, what is the worst that can happen ? I will hate it and J will love it and eat it all up. Well this recipe has turned me into a fan of sardines. Don't turn your nose up, try it-it's not all fishy and salty and smelly-it's incredibly delicious. Of course it is, why did I even doubt a recipe from Dorie -they are always superb and this one is being added to my appetizer and take on a picnic food repertoire. Yes, it is that good !
I recommend you use a good quality sardine-I went for the top of the line at my favorite Metropolitan Market in West Seattle and I was not disappointed. Angelo Parodi and company did all the skinning and boning for me and the sardines, even before they were added to the mix, were quite tasty. Dorie suggests either cream cheese or Neufchatel and since this is French Fridays I opted for the Neufchatel. My herb mix was primarily dill with a little parsley and chives thrown in and I finally used up the last of the Meyer Lemons for the lemon juice called for in this recipe.
Served with a side of Cornichons and a glass of wine, perfect for sunny Friday afternoon lunch out in the garden ! Head over to French Fridays with Dorie and see what my fellow Fridayistas created with this recipe. Better yet, buy the book and join the fun. Bon Appetit.