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Rustic Roasted Carrot with Sardines


Deep flavours, rich oily fish, zippy citrus and earthy cheese make this dish a guilt-free comfort food.

Recipe courtesy of Jessica Emin


  • 2 lbs (900 g) carrots, cleaned and peeled
  • 7 1/2 oz (212 g) sardines, canned in oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Grana Padano cheese, grated or shaved
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • sprinkling of carrot greens, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Place carrots in casserole dish or roasting pan, and add water, lemon juice and sardines. If some carrots are larger than others, quarter or halve them lengthwise to ensure even doneness.
  3. Toss the contents of the pan, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 45 minutes and broil on low for the last few minutes to brown the carrots and sardines.
  5. Remove carrots from oven and garnish with Grana Padano, lemon and finishing salt to taste.

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