Rosh Hashanah Snacks: Sardine Rillettes

I am serving this tonight as an appetizer for Rosh Hashanah, along with my smoked salmon on potato chips.

The definition of the word "rillettes" is a pâté of sorts, or a spread, made with minced pork or meat. You usually see duck or pork rillettes on the menu in France, so I liked this idea of sardine rillettes to make at home.

This is nothing fancy, more like an interesting tuna salad, if you ask me.
Dorie Greenspan has a recipe for sardine rillettes in her cookbook, however I adapted this one from Alain Ducasse. He uses butter along with Dijon mustard.

My addition was a drizzle of balsamic syrup, which makes everything better!

This is really nice for lunch with a salad, or makes an elegant appetizer for a party with wine.

Sardine Rillettes (adapted from Alain Ducasse & Tasty Diaries):

2 tbsp butter
2 small shallots
3 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil, dill or chervil mixed together is great)
2 cans of sardines in olive oil, drained
3 oz. fromage frais (hard to find in the U.S.) substitute light cream cheese or mild goat cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard
juice of a lemon
salt and pepper
balsamic syrup (optional)

In a bowl, flake the sardines with the softened butter and herbs and add the rest of the ingredients.

Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking.

Spread on warm crostini toasts and drizzle with balsamic syrup.


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Ciao Chow Linda said…
I do like sardines but seldom buy them. This however, is just perfect for company or just me. Happy New Year.
The JR said…
Looks delicious Stacey!
Irresistible. I'm off to check out the salmon on potato chips...
My husband's not Jewish, but he would love this dish, Stacey. He has a freakish adoration of sardines, and this is a dish he has never tried. I'm going to have to surprise him with this.
Steve said…
Looks amazing. L'shanah tovah!
Happy New Year Dear Stacey!
Joanne said…
I've never actually seen sardines look appealing at all in any way...until now!
Debbie W said…
May your New Year be sweet! I can't wait to try the sardines this way. Maybe for Yom Kippur break fast....
No matter when I check out your blog, I always find something wonderful! My husband is going to love these sardine rillettes.
sixty-five said…
Fantastic! I can't wait to try this.
Bev said…
Made these to break the fast on Yom Kippur and they were devoured! Thank you!