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Fried Anchovies

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This is eating at its simplest and most elemental. Fresh whole anchovies are dredged in flour and fried in hot oil. They are served hot and salty and make a great appetizers, tapas, or antipasti.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole fresh, or cleaned and marinated anchovies (not the salted or tinned variety)
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • cherry tomatoes, as needed
  • crusty bread
  • extra virgin olive oil, for dipping bread, optional

Details

Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 23mins

Preparation

Step 1

If you are using whole, fresh anchovies you must clean them first. Pull off the heads and pull out the insides. Then rinse with clean water.

Pour the olive oil into a small deep saucepan set over heat. Use a deep fry thermometer to monitor the heat.

Meanwhile, add the eggs to a small bowl and beat until well mixed. Add the flour, cayenne, salt and black pepper to a shallow bowl, use a fork to mix the ingredients together. Dip the fish one at a time into the beaten eggs and then roll it in flour.

When the oil reaches 365 degrees F. fry the fish a few at a time, rolling them around in the oil to assure even cooking until they are golden brown (about 5-8 minutes). Serve with crusty bread, extra-virgin olive oil for dipping the bread (optional) and tomatoes.

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