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Anchovies and your secret uses for them

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harryharry Oct 4, 2008 08:40 AM

Do you use anchovies in unexpected dishes? I have a ridiculous amount of anchovy paste (due to an ordering error) and want to use up a little bit more.

  1. gini Oct 7, 2008 06:31 AM

    I melt them into the base of many olive oil based sauces or a seasoning when I'm adding my onions and garlic. They're also my poorman's substitute when I run out of fish sauce, though the taste is quite different. My favorite "secret way" is to melt them into butter,add tomatoes, scrabble some eggs and make a cheese and spinach omelet. Salty and delicious.

    1. Dyspepsia Oct 5, 2008 06:28 PM

      Here's the thing about anchovies -they're a natural flavor enhancer. Think msg without the chemicals. Anchovy paste is really versatile and you can enhance the flavor of many things without it being evident that the addition is in fact anchovy. The only thing I haven't found a use for yet with anchovy is dessert but I'm open to suggestions.

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        malibumike Oct 5, 2008 10:06 AM

        Chopped up and put in Spagetti sauce really adds to the flavor of the sauce. I could never imagine how an old Italian Restaurant in West Los Angeles on Piico Blvd, Zittos, Long gone now,(this was decades ago) ever made such good sauce, I found out it was finely ground Romano cheese and Anchovies in the sauce. Nobody ever suspects that they are in there unless you tell them..

        Of course serving whole not chopped Anchovies you have to love them, they are great on an Italian antipasto salad or of course on Pizza.

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          Analisas mom Oct 5, 2008 09:15 AM

          I put it in gumbo. Also, I mix it with horseradish and use it on very rare beef.

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            Nonny Oct 4, 2008 02:15 PM

            I add it to olive oil, garlic when making pasta aglio olio.
            Love it when I saute cauliflower - just add to olive oil when sauteing - also great with broccoli - it gives it an amazing nearly nutty flavor.
            Heat oil & anchovy - then cook sunny side up eggs.
            I guess nearly everything is pretty good with anchovies - they melt and no one even can tell.

            1. roxlet Oct 4, 2008 01:37 PM

              Green Goddess dressing is the best cudite dip ever (also great on cold salmon), and you can use up some making that. People who don't like anchovies (or say they don't) always want to know what makes it so delicious!

              1. southernitalian Oct 4, 2008 01:09 PM

                I usually double the amount required in Caesar dressing because I love it. I also add to tomato sauce now and then.

                1. fmed Oct 4, 2008 10:03 AM

                  Add a smidge here and there to pasta sauces, beef stews, braises, and so forth. You'll use it up in no time. Get a couple of jars of capers which are a great match when making dressings and sauces with anchovies.

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                    oakjoan Oct 4, 2008 01:01 PM

                    I have just been rereading Susanne Goin's Sunday Suppers at Lucques cookbook and have come across a wonderful recipe that's perfect served with soup. It's called Gentleman's Relish Toast and is a mash of anchovy, olive oil, butter, minced shallot, parsley, lemon juice, zest, cayenne, chives, and shallots (and s&p).

                    I didn't have chives or shallots and so used green onions and regular onion. It's spread on toast. It's also great spread on bread and THEN toasted in the oven. She serves it with watercress soup. I served it with potato and leek soup.

                  2. Delucacheesemonger Oct 4, 2008 09:02 AM

                    Bagna Cauda sounds like a good thing. Just toasts with spread as hor d'ouerve; Been using anchioade, the french equivalent when cooking as alternative to salt in savory stuff.

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