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Tasty, cheap sardine bites

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soya-free
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Author Vicki Montague, the Free From Fairy


  • 2 tins sardines in oil - don't worry about the bones, they are soft and add calcium - trust me!
  • 2 leaves savoy cabbage - kale or spring greens
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp frozen peas - defrosted - or any veg of your choice
  • 1 tbsp frozen sweetcorn - defrosted - or any veg of your choice
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Sprinkle chilli powder
  • Dash of Tiger Tiger worcester sauce - many are not gluten-free
  • Black pepper to taste


  • If you have a food processor then place all the ingredients into the bowl with the chopping attachment and process until it is smooth. If you don't have a food processor, use a hand-held chopper and chop the vegetables individually adding them to a bowl once done. Add the beaten egg and remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Remove a walnut-sized piece of mixture and roll into a ball, flattening it with your hand slightly to make a small burger-type shape. Place on a greased baking tray and continue until all the mixture is used up. Don't worry the mixture is quite sticky!
  • Place the sardine 'bites' into a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C, 180 degree fan, for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve with your choice of vegetables and my home-made tartare sauce (1 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp chopped dill, handful washed and chopped capers, 1 spring onion white finely chopped, and a squeeze of lemon). I don't include the recipe because it was 'rejected' by the kids...despite the adults loving it!