From: Chef/owner Debbie Gold, The American Restaurant, Kansas City, MO, and Top Chef Masters. Yield: 4 appetizer servings.
12 whole fresh sardines
1 cup olive oil, divided
6 cups (about 3 lb.) thinly sliced yellow sweet onions
to taste, salt and freshly ground black pepper
4-5 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 cup minc