Sarde A Beccafico – Sardines In Beccafico

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Sardines a beccafico, in Sicilian Sardi a beccaficu, is a preparation of sardines typical of Sicilian gastronomy, particularly Palermo, Messina Catania. It is a typical Sicilian dish. It has been officially recognized and included in the list of traditional Italian food products (P.A.T) of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Mipaaf).


2 tbs. raisins
5 tbs. white breadcrumbs
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbs. pine nuts
1/4 lb. Pecorino
8 anchovy fillets
1 tbs. minced parsley
4 oz. grated Pecorino
2 lbs. sardines
1 clove garlic

How to make the Sarde A Beccafico – Sardines In Beccafico:

Soak the raisins in warm water, then squeeze out the excess water. Brown 4 tbs. of breadcrumbs in 1 tbs. Oil, and mix all the ingredients except the laurel to get a smooth stuffing. Remove the split open heads, bone the sardines, and pat dry. Spread them open on a table and fill with filling.

Fold them lengthwise and place them on a baking dish. Drizzle with breadcrumbs, olive oil, add the laurel, and cook the sarde a beccafico in the oven at 450°F for 15 min.

Regional recipe from Sicily