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Feb 20, 2013 02:10 PM

Anchovies in salad dressing???

I found this recipe on Chow.

Now, I am a self-proclaimed redneck from Cornfield, Indiana. My only experience with anchovies has been on pizza . . . I am not a fan! Heck, I was a teenager before I realized that store-bought fish came in any other form than frozen fillets and fishsticks.

While my tastes have broadened, I'd say that I have limited tastes when it comes to fish. That said, can anyone tell me if the six anchovies in the noted vinaigrette will make it taste "fishy" ???

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  1. That is a huge amount of dressing, and though the dressing won't taste fishy, it will probably taste pretty good with lots of umami from the anchovies. You can smash the anchovies to a paste, which is the way I'd make this dressing.

    1. Start with 2 mashed, and taste. You can always add more.

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      1. I like the anchovy paste in a tube. Just quirt a little bit, then do as others say, taste it.

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          1. Walk before you run, try 3 fillets.

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            1. re: treb

              If you have any Thai fish sauce in your cabinet, you can use that to season the dressing a splash at a time.

              1. re: sr44

                Great idea! I do have fish sauce. Thanks.

                1. re: Darth_Tater

                  There's anchovies in that fish sauce! also in Worcestershire sauce. Bet you didn't know... ;)

            2. I've had many beers in cornfield, Indiana ....

              Smashed up anchovies in a salad dressing or a sauce taste way different than cheap canned anchovies on Indiana pizzas.

              It may taste a bit "fishy" but more that that it adds a savory/salty/nutty craveable taste. It's called umami and is considered the "fifth taste " after sweet, bitter, salty and sour.

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