Sardines with Tomato and Basil (to be served hot) by La Belle-Iloise - 115g
Cooking Advice: Sardines with tomato and pistou must be heated before eating. Before heating them, run the tin under warm water to make it easy to empty the content, into the container of your choice for cooking :
- In a frying pan: 3 to 4 minutes, turning from time to time, over very low heat to preserve the soft texture of the flesh
- In the microwave: approximately 1 minute at 500W.
- In the oven: preheat to 180 °C and heat for about 7 minutes in a dish, or 10 minutes wrapped in parchment paper.
After being warmed up, you can prepare delicious hot toast or sandwich by spreading the preparation on them, or you can bake it into an oven with bread crumbles and cheese for a tasty gratin. Of course, just mix it with short pasta for an easy, healthy tomato and basil sauce pasta with sardines.
Tinned sardines will be best enjoyed with a dry white whine, a white Bourgogne for example would be a wise choice.
|Ingredients||sardines (55%), water, extra-virgin olive oil, tomato concentrate (5.7%), red peppers, onions, garlic (1.4%), salt, spirit vinegar, basil (0.6%), tomato powder, potato starch, yeast extract, thickener: guar flour, herbs, spices, natural basil flavouring.|
|Preservation||To be stored in a dry and cool place, protected from the light. After opening, to be kept in the fridge (0° to +4°C) and consumed within 48 hours maximum.
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Founded in 1932 by Georges Hilliet just off the fishing port of Quiberon, across from Belle-île-en-Mer, La belle-iloise cannery, “La Conserverie”, has been producing and distributing tinned fish for more than 85 years.
Since its founding, La belle-iloise has remained true to its values as a local company, working with the local fishermen and solely fishing in the fish grounds around the village and port of Quiberon, giving it a privileged link with the resources, the marine world, and a true understanding of its rules and seasons.
Today the company is run by the founders grand daughter, Caroline Hilliet Le Branchu, who helped expanding the company through creativity and innovation, while keeping a traditional approach, deeply rooted in the family run business : The local fish is brought in in the morning and immediately proceeded, a lot of the work is still done by hand and only the finest ingredients are selected for their different recipes, because La Belle-Iloise truly believe it’s the best and healthiest way to handle and prepare fish cans.
Moreover, respecting the environment is a core value at la belle-illoise so you only find local sustainable fish in their tins : they always process various fish in observance of the season for that species and the minimum catch size while selecting the best fishing methods. Also, they recycle everything they can from fish to the water used for the production, even the oil used for the sardine production becomes bio fuel.
Besides, the company never compromised with their independence. By not using the classic distribution network and by owning their own stores, they managed to preserve the know-how and quality which made the success of their products.
Combining tradition and innovation, the family company continues to uphold its old-fashioned expertise to produce gourmet tinned fish (mainly sardines, mackerels and tuna), while continually pursuing an innovative approach. Their goal : bringing healthy, gourmet products with exceptional flavour to their customers.