Grilled Sardines Portuguese Style
The weather is gorgeous here in the UK at the moment!!
It's barbecue time!
Most people go for the traditional sausages, hamburgers, chicken thighs and legs. And if you're lucky, salmon!
To me, real barbecues mean the smell of fresh fish and good quality meats.
Ultimately, I starting missing Portuguese Sardines.
They are the most traditional, most delicious barbecued fish you could wish for in Portugal (not that I'm biased )
Sardines play an important role in Portuguese culture. Having been a people who depended heavily on the sea for food and commerce, the Portuguese have a predilection for fish in their popular festivities. The most important is Saint Anthony's day, 13th June, when the biggest popular festival takes place in Lisbon, taking the people to the streets where grilled sardines are the snack of choice. Almost every place in Portugal, from Figueira da Foz to Portalegre, or from Póvoa de Varzim to Olhão has the summertime popular tradition of eating grilled sardines (sardinhas assadas).