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Feb 21, 2014 11:41 AM

Anchovies : Love it or hate it.

I know it's hard to have feelings for anchovies.
Most people consider it a salty, foul-smelling turn-off.
Others, however, find it a rich, pungent fish.
It's one of those either "black or white" foods without any gray area.
Do you have a favorite anchovy dish or would you rather change the subject?

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  1. Of course they've been an available topping on pizza forever, but didn't they used to appear on Caesar salads?
    I just eat them on crackers or add diced anchovy to spaghetti sauce, scrambled eggs(anchovy and onion), any number of things-with other dishes like soups I simply use liberal doses of fish sauce.

    1. We use anchovies all the time, but for flavours. We do not use them as a main dish or as an app. Thus, they are usually pulverized in a blender or crushed in a mortar and pestle. So we run through a six oz package every two months.

      1. You're absolutely right, Wiley - I love seeing a nice Caesar salad with anchovies

        Love making a pasta dish with an anchovy based sauce - heat up a pan, hit it with the anchovies and the oil it came in, then add shallots and garlic, salt & pepper, and then add the cooked dripping pasta, top with fresh parmesan. Yum!

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        1. re: dachopstix

          Cesar dressing sometimes still has crushed anchovies, or at least Worcester sauce, fish sauce of the West.

          1. re: dachopstix

            Add some olive tapenade and you have the trifecta of things people think they hate - anchovies, olives, garlic.

          2. Love them in all their forms. Great whole in a caesar salad or a pasta. I even have a foondness for the salty ones on a pizza. They are also wonderful in sauces. Either as the star, or adding that bit of umami you can't quite put your finger on.

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            1. I can't stand them, but my husband loves them.