Fresh Sardine Croquettes and Sauce Gribiche

. sardines and sauce gribiche  

similar to ball lightning, fresh sardines are something that are known to exist but are
rarely seen. in fact, today was the first time i have ever seen them. apparently, i'm not
the only one to get excited by them. according to the fishmonger: "we sell out of them
super fast." translation: "if you want some, the time is now!" sold. eight little guys were
heading home with me moments later. 

after a little gutting, they were fried in butter. the flesh was picked off and cooled. adding
in parsley, dill, salt, pepper, a little potato, an egg, and some torn bits of stale bread to the
flakes of fish, the mixture was formed into cylinders and then rolled in a beaten egg and 
then more bread crumbs. next up: fry until golden.

i like to top strong flavored fish with (my version of) sauce gribiche: mayonnaise, mustard,
capers, cornichons, hard boiled eggs, parsley, dill, tarragon, chives, salt, and pepper. it's
probably the best thing to serve with pretty much anything that has been fried.