For the first day of Lent or "Quaresima" it is traditional in my region, Friuli Venezia Giulia to eat herring. Many restaurants will be booked up and they will all come up with a fancy recipe for this tasty oily fish which I would describe as the cousin of the sardine. Although it is meat that should be avoided aren't people supposed to eat less rather than booking meals at restaurants? An ongoing feast that is.
The tradition of having herring dates back to the times when there was so little food that the majority of people could only afford to eat their main crop: polenta which, at Lent, would be flavoured by dipping a skinny smoked herring in it. There was certainly no talk about dieting then.
Today I have not cooked herring but some quick olive nibbles for a couple of special friends who came to visit. I would call these "emergency nibbles" as they are very quick to make but very moreish too!
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 15 minutes
Unroll the puff pastry sheet and with a pastry cutter or with a knife cut some strips about 1cm wide (or the length of the olive) and 10 cm long
Put an olive on each strip of pastry and roll it inwards
You can also make mini olive baskets. Cut the pastry with a round pastry cutter
Put half a tsp of tomato sauce and an olive on each circle
Cut a small rectangle of pastry and put it over the olive sealing well on both sides-
Lay the nibbles on a baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes
That's it! READY! Now get your bottle of Prosecco out and wait for friends to knock at the door 🙂
As I have used olives which were lurking in the fridge for some time I am submitting this to the "No Waste Food Challenge", normally hosted by Elizabeth's Kitchen but this month by Chris of Cooking Around the World.