Warm Pilchards In Blankets

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
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Warm Pilchards In Blankets

Phil takes the challenge and creates some interesting recipes on the spot from ingredients brought in by celebrity guests.


  • 1 x 425g can pilchards in brine, drained
  • 8 slices white bread
  • squeeze lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ x 425g can Borlotti beans well drained
  • strained brine from the can above
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • pepper
  • dash vinegar
  • 50g unsalted butter

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  1. Place the brine, onion, garlic, pepper, and vinegar into a pan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce by half, then add the butter, re boil and remove from the heat, stir until all the butter has homogenised, then add the beans and warm through, keep warm.
  3. Roll out the bread with a rolling pin.
  4. Place a pilchard onto each piece of bread and roll up, trim the ends, press down slightly.
  5. Heat the olive oil, then dust the rolls with a little pepper.
  6. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  7. Serve the warm pilchards on a nice spoon of stew.