Tips and Tricks with Anchovies

. July 21, 2020
Photography by Bridget Daulby.
Tips and Tricks with Anchovies

This article was created in partnership with Lorea Gourmet

Anchovies are salty and oily, a bit like salted butter... In fact you can think of them as a more flavourful version of salted butter and use that as a guide to cooking with them. 

They have the versatility of a condiment but they're flavoursome enough to really be the hero of a meal. Cut them into small pieces for a subtle, touch or leave them whole for a bit of punch. 

Here are some of our favourite ways to eat anchovies:

  • Add anchovies to cream and garlic before pouring over sliced potatoes to make a gratin.
  • Top flatbreads with caramelised onions, anchovies and olives before baking.
  • Warm olive oil, chilli flakes, capers and anchovies then toss with hot spaghetti.
  • Add an open jar of anchovies to a cheese platter - this is particularly good with goats cheese and onion relish. 
  • Tear up a couple fillets and sprinkle over bruschetta before you put it in the oven. 

And our best tips:

  • The fillets dissolve in sauce easily when torn up and heated. Chop them into eighths before adding to a sauce and you'll get the piquant taste but no trace of the anchovies themselves.
  • Think of the oil in the anchovy jar as a potent, flavourful sauce. Add a teaspoon to the dish you're using the fillets in and note the difference. 
  • Try frying or grilling an anchovy or two before you use them - you can achieve a smoky, nearly caramelised flavour this way. 
  • Rather than tearing them apart with your fingers, try using two forks to pull the slippery little things apart.

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