Sicilian Sardine Rolls (sarde a beccafico)
Another simple but tasty Sicilian, and in particular Palermitan, dish is “Sarde a beccafico”. This recipe once again like many Sicilian recipes, uses sardines which are considered poor but genuine and complete.
The fish are cleaned and de-boned and then opened up and filled with breadcrumbs, pine-nuts, currants, sugar and lemon juice then cooked in the oven. Once they are cooked they take on the form of a particular sort of bird, “u beccafico”.
It’s possible to eat this dish in any tavern or restaurant along the coast and in particular at Sferracavallo, where it is often served with other inviting starters made of fish which will tickle your appetite…