Sardine al Cartoccio (Wrapped Sardines with Vine Tomatoes)

On a summer's day enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with Gino D'Acampo's sardines baked with tomatoes and garlic
By Gino D'Acampo
Sardine al Cartoccio (Wrapped Sardines with Vine Tomatoes)
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 16 plum tomatoes
  • 12 fresh sardines, spine and interior discarded but head and tail still on
  • 4 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, halved
  • tbsp salted capers
  • 1 dashes of black pepper
  • 4 clove garlic, chopped
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin Italian olive oil
  • 4 tbsp Italian dry white wine


1. Preheat the oven to 220ÂșC/gas 7.

2. Fold four large pieces of foil in half. Place 4 vine tomatoes on the centre of each folded foil piece.

3. Top each portion with 3 sardines on top, then sprinkle with parsley, squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and add 1 tablespoon of capers.

4. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, then add 1 chopped garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and a dash of white wine to each portion.

5. Wrap the foil over the tomatoes and sardines, sealing well, to make 4 parcels.into an enclosed package. Make 4 parcels.

6. Put the foil parcels on a baking tray and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes.

7. To serve, put a parcel on a plate, open the top and serve immediately with a glass of cold dry white wine.

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