A simple ingredient that’s packed full of flavor, sardines have long been a not-so secret favorite of chefs and foodies alike. Lightly fried and covered in salt, they're a delicious addition to many dishes, like a crisp crostini appetizer, a traditional Sicilian pasta e sarde (pasta topped with flavorful sardines), or just savored over a fresh baguette with a drizzle of fine olive oil. Packed with Omega-3s and salty flavor, sardines are the perfect ingredient to keep in the pantry.
For 40 years Les Mouettes d'Arvor ("the seagulls of Arvor”) has sourced their sardines from 9 boatmen in Concarneau, one of the France’s largest fishing ports. The sardines are only fished when in season during the spring. They’re carefully hand selected – they must not be too thin or too large -, then submerged in an ice bath, which allows the sardines’ flesh to firm up and the fish to be peeled. Then, painstakingly by hand, each sardine is deboned, dried, and packed. The artisan process is meticulous and guarantees the quality of the sardines.