Tempura Sardines with Tonnatto Sauce (Robert Irvine) Recipe

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Tempura Sardines with Tonnatto Sauce (Robert Irvine)
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  1. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt together, blending well. Next, add the egg and vinegar and then stir in the soda water. Keep cold until use and stir again before using.
  2. Preheat a deep saucepot with the oil to 350 degrees F.
  3. Dip the sardines in the cornstarch, then the tempura batter and then float in the fryer. The fish should be well-coated but not drenched. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, in batches if necessary, flipping over during the process to ensure even cooking. Remove from the fryer to paper towels, allowing the sardines to drain any excess oil. Hold warm until serving with the Tonatto Sauce.
  4. Tonatto Sauce:
  5. In heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the chicken stock, garlic, salt and pepper until simmering. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Next, in a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Slowly add the flour with a whisk, stirring to incorporate. Continue to cook until the butter and flour begin to thicken, this takes about 3 minutes. Once thickened, remove from the heat.
  7. After the stock has simmered and reduced by 25-percent original volume (or 1 cup), add the milk and cream and to stir allow the stock and dairy products flavor each other and create a soup base, about 10 minutes.
  8. Next, add the roux to the soup base and stir in ensure smoothness. Finally, add the tuna, squash, zucchini and oregano over medium-low heat. Continue cooking for 20 minutes. Puree and adjust the seasoning.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3367.15 Kcal (14098 kJ)
Calories from fat 3104.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 344.89g 531%
Cholesterol 184.74mg 62%
Sodium 2168.69mg 90%
Potassium 1101.7mg 23%
Total Carbs 54.48g 18%
Sugars 12.25g 49%
Dietary Fiber 2.31g 9%
Protein 39.16g 78%
Vitamin C 9.4mg 16%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 13%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Calcium 403.2mg 40%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 378.16 Kcal (1583 kJ)
Calories from fat 348.6 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38.73g 531%
Cholesterol 20.75mg 62%
Sodium 243.56mg 90%
Potassium 123.73mg 23%
Total Carbs 6.12g 18%
Sugars 1.38g 49%
Dietary Fiber 0.26g 9%
Protein 4.4g 78%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 16%
Iron 0.3mg 13%
Calcium 45.3mg 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 95.6
  • 98

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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