Sardine Toasts

Beaune's winemaker hangout Bar du Square doesn't serve a lot of food. But it does offer an outstanding snack that comes to the table as components to be assembled DIY-style: a can of good-quality sardines; a basket of oiled toasts; and little bowls of sweet balsamic glaze and flaky salt.

Sardine Toasts
Photo: © P-A Jorgensen
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 24 baguette slices, cut on the diagonal 1/3 inch thick

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 cans (3.75 ounces each) olive oil–packed sardines, drained

  • Flaky salt, such as Maldon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush generously with olive oil. Toast for about 10 minutes, until the bread is golden brown; let cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil the balsamic vinegar over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 12 minutes; let cool.

  3. Arrange the toasts on a platter and top with the sardines. Drizzle with a little of the reduced balsamic. Serve with flaky salt for sprinkling.

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