crisp cornmeal sardines
12 fresh sardines, cleaned and left whole
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup cornmeal
3 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp salt
3 tsp ground pepper
1. remove the heads of the sardines with a chef’s knife, then rinse and place them on a paper towel to dry.
2. beat the eggs in a shallow bowl and set aside. in another bowl, mix together the cornmeal, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
4. heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until it begins to ripple. one by one, dip the sardines into the eggs, then into the cornmeal until evenly coated, and place in the frying pan.
6. cook the sardines for about 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown. remove from the pan and place on a plate to strain (do not place on a paper towel or they will loose their crispness). then serve, 3 to a plate, with a healthy spoonful of relish on top.