I tried boning sardines according to on-line instructions and made a mess of them. Recipes, say this one by Mario Batali, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/pasta-with-sardines-pasta-con-le-sarde-recipe.html , say remove the backbone. I'd like to know 1. does anyone know where to find instructions that work for performing this procedure ? 2. Has anyone done it ? 3. when you remove the backbone are all the little bones supposed to come out with it ? If not, what becomes of them ?
Also, I live in NYC and would be please to find a seafood class that dealt with getting the guys off the boat and into the pan, but the usual places don't seem to offer a lot.