Chef Jose Silva says: “Paté de sardinha, olives and bread are almost always on the table when you walk into a restaurant in portugal, before you even order.” Sardines abound in Portuguese waters and are one of the country’s most popular fish, with each person consuming an average of over 5kg per year. Lisbon has an annual sardine festival every summer in honour of their patron, Saint Anthony. The streets and plazas are filled with parties, parades and makeshift charcoal grilling stations cooking sardines; and it’s said that about 13 sardines per second are eaten during the festival! I like to serve my Portuguese sardine pate with olives and another favourite Portuguese snack, lupine (tremoço in Portuguese), they’re traditionally eaten by squeezing the bean out of the outer skin and discarding the skin.
Serves 2–4 as a snack
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