Sicilian Sardine and Cheese Sandwich / Sandwich Siciliano con Formaggio e Sarde


“Please e-mail me a quick idea for a Sicilian-type sandwich.” I get this kind of request all the time. Here is a very authentic Sicilian sandwich that was made for me at Al Forno panificio in Vallelunga.

Use a good thin baguette with a sesame seed crust, if possible. This is one of those instances where fish and cheese together do complement each other.


  • 1 12- or 14-inch-long sesame seed baguette, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 6 orsalted sardines, cut into small pieces


  1. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over one half of the bread. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cheese and the pepper. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the olive oil. Top the cheese mixture with the sardines.
  3. Place the second half of the baguette on top of the sardines. Use a sharp knife and cut the baguette into 4 equal pieces.

This recipe was featured on Season 11 - Episode 1126.

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