A few years ago I did a sardine taste-off
The Great Sardine Taste-off – the Spanish Saga (cans 40-49)
Recently I tried Aldo smoked sardines from of all places Latvia. They were really good. Usually they sell for about $2 a can, but a local discount store is selling them for 50 cents.
Posting on my home board about this deal I Googled to see if there was any info about them and came across a great sardine site. In addition to having tried more than 75 varieties, the blogger took pictures of them all rating them on a scale from 1 to 5 tins.
Here's the page for a few that got a lowly 1 can rating ... and you can see why.
On the other end of the spectrum the 5 tin honor list that includes 'Mahura Nichiro, brought back from Japan. Four nice smoked fish in a killer BBQ sauce. Reminds me of Unagi, firm, sweet"
There's a few recipes and also how each can was consumed ... with beer or cheese, etc. There's sardine sushi, sardine laksa, Filipino canned sardines for one, Sicilian-Style Sardine Pasta with Bread Crumbs, Pollastrini Canned Sardine Fritters,
There's even lovely chocolate sardines
He writes "In France, around Easter most of the bakeries and pastries and candy shops sell chocolate sardines of their own. You know sardines have always been associated in the catholic religion with the fast before Easter. Chocolate sardines are then a reward for your efforts in eating dried and salty sardines during 40 days !"
Also there are links to other great sardine sites such as a French Sardine Museum (its in French)
There was once a Sardine Museum and Herring Hall of Fame
Very cool site in Portuguese with lots of great photos
And the site will get you to a book called "The Sardine Diet'
Should you wish to can your own sardines there's sardine scissors which cuts heads and eviscerate sardines in one single movement (pdf format)
Anyway, a truly top-notch, fun and informative site about sardines.