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Sep 24, 2007 08:47 PM

vegetarian substitute for anchovies?

I was giving a friend my recipe for green goddess dsng, and she said she'd have to skip the anchovies since she's veggie...any sugestions for a substitute to add that savory kick?

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  1. Soya sauce, soy sauce, shoyu--just about the only stuff you can use.

    1. Try kalamata olives. I've used that as a anchovy substitute in Caeser salad dressing, and they add a nice briny savory flavor.

      1. I don't know about green goddess, but in "sea ceasar" you use seaweed (smoked dulse, and nori strips) for anchovies.

        I'm thinking blond miso might be nice for a salty umami kick...

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        1. re: pitu

          pitu, I take the soy sauce rec back. You've got to be right: the miso sounds just perfect.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            Yesso on the miso. And, don't neglect the certain "je ne sais pas" essence that fermented tofu aka sufu can lend.

        2. Capers make a nice substitute. Not as briny as kalamata oilives, but they do have a strong taste that's not overpowering.

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          1. re: Fuser

            i was also going to suggest capers...

          2. Hi Becky,
            Wondering what worked best. I have a recipe for a pasta "cream sauce" that is basically olive oil, butter (substitute), lots of browned garlic, a can of anchovies dissolved, sauted broccoli and you mix the whole thing into pureed cauliflower and it rocks. BUT my two daughters have gone vegan on me so i need a salty substitute. sounds like the blond miso. any idea where I could find that? Whole foods maybe?

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            1. re: amielp

              Whole Foods would prob have the miso. Or if you're near an Asian market. In NYC Fairway has all types of miso.