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The sardines are strongly flavored, but not overwhelming. The chilis add a great nuanced dimension, with a great kick just enough to be noticed. And the lemon balances it out with a fruity citrus note. To round it all off, the extra virgin olive oil soaks all of the flavors and combines them, balancing them out so well to make them work together seamlessly.
Use the La Belle-Iloise with Two Chillies and a Hint of Lemon is great for savory dishes, like tarts and small pies. Use it for a flavorful twist to your pantry pastas. You can also serve it on your aperitifs, like on small pieces of toast with tomato, or in simple sandwiches.
La Belle-Iloise Conserverie was founded in 1932 near Quiberon, a fishing port in Brittany, France. Georges Hilliet was a son of a fisherman, and it seemed a natural thing to work with something close to his heart. The easy access to the sea also guaranteed fish that was fresh and quality.
Hilliet opened a direct sales store in 1967, after firmly distancing himself from the pressures of mass distribution. In 1982, under the leadership of his sons Georges and Bernard, La Belle-Iloise Conserverie began distance selling (or mail order selling). By 2011, they had over 50 stores. This is, at its heart, a family business. And now, helmed by Bernard’s daughter, Caroline Hilliet Le Branchu, they continue to be at the top of their game, selling only the best quality canned fish.
Keep your canned sardines in a cool, dry, and dark area, like the pantry or a cupboard. Unopened, they will keep for about 1 year. Once opened, transfer into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Consume within 2 days.