Occasional recipes: sardine and anchovy traybake

An entirely made-up recipe this week, though based heavily on last week’s roast sea bass & vegetable traybake. See if you can spot the similarities.

Serves 2, but can scale up infinitely by adjusting quantities.


  • 1 jar anchovies
  • 1 tin sardines
  • red potatoes
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olives
  • beans

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees (fan) / 180 degrees otherwise.┬áSlice potatoes as thin as you can – half a centimetre or less for maximum effect. As noted last week, this makes the body perfectly tender and the skin around the edges exactly crisp enough.

Line tray with potatoes; scatter on the tomatoes; sprinkle with olive oil like there’s no tomorrow; season with salt and pepper; mix it all together; bake for 25 minutes, turning halfway through.

Add the fish, olives and beans; sprinkle with a little more oil; mix it up again; give it another 10-15 minutes while you enjoy your G&T.

The result is a delicious fishy blend of flavours and also extremely rich, so don’t go fooling yourself that the potatoes don’t look like much. Believe me, they are plenty.