Anchovies and herring are good for you and they are
delicious! Learn how just a little bit of anchovies can perk up a dish.
People who claim to dislike these fish, just haven't tasted them prepared
and served right. Give them a try and learn to love cooking with them!
Black and Green Tapenade with Goat Cheese Crostini
This recipe and photo are courtesy of Chef Wolfgang Puck, owner of the Beverly Hills restaurant called
Spago, one of America’s most high profile celebrity chefs.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Anchovy Butter and Peppers
This unusual lamb shank dish is flavored with lemon, anchovies, and peppers. In the Fall, when I have an abundant sweet chile pepper
harvest, I like to add them to braised dishes for an unexpected kick of flavor. The addition of anchovies was awesome and they also help thicken the sauce.
My all-time favorite salad is the Caesar Salad. To many, including myself, this is the King of salads. If a restaurant offers it on the menu,
I usually request it when dining out. If you have never experienced "the show" that goes with tableside presentation, you don’t know what you have missed.
Caesar Salad (low fat, low calorie & low carb)
Since I am usually trying to lose weight, this is the Caesar Salad recipe that I use most of the time. I serve this to guests and
family, and no one seems to realize that I have cut the calories in the dressing. Check out my delicious low-fat version of this salad. Your guests will never know the
Caesar Arugula Salad
Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine, June 1995. This variation of Caesar salad has always been a big hit whenever I serve it.
This is a definite "must try recipe."
Creamy Bagna Cauda
This sauce is served in a pot, for everyone to dip the vegetables into. Serve it with chunks of crusty bread and your
favorite raw vegetables. It's fun for a party appetizer no matter where you live.
Fried Mozzarella with Anchovy Sauce
I slightly adapted this appetizer recipe from the Genoa restaurant in Portland, OR. It would make a great starter course for your dinner party, or place the
fried mozzarella cheese and anchovy sauce on top of some salad greens. Be creative with this recipes.
German Herring Salat (Herring Salad)
This is our family's recipe for making German Herring Salad. This recipe is from my children's grandmother, Gertrude Zemp. We
make this for Christmas Eve every year. It is very easy to do, and as the herring is already "pickled," it holds up well in the refrigerator.
Green Goddess Dressing
This is a slight adaptation of the original version of the Green Goddess Dressing. Today, there are many version of this
delicious salad dressing. Also makes an excellent dip to serve with your favorite vegetables and also a spread for your sandwiches. One of my
favorite ways to enjoy this fantastic dressing, is to serve with steamed artichokes. To me, Green Goddess Dressing is like a favorite
little black dress - it never goes out of style and works to serve with many different foods.
Italian Panzanella Salad (Bread Salad)
This wonderful seasonal salad, when the tomatoes are over flowing in your garden, is one of those recipes that you'll crave and look forward to each year.
Please don't even attempt this salad with poor-quality tomatoes.
New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich
The muffufletta sandwiches' nickname is simply “muff.” These sandwiches can be found all over New Orleans from delis to
pool halls and the corner grocery stores. It is considered as much a signature
sandwich of New Orleans as the Po' Boy Sandwich.
Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Anchovies
This is a delicious Italian pasta recipe featuring roasted cauliflower and
anchovies. This is my version of this popular Italian recipe. If you love
cauliflower as it do, you will absolutely love this pasta dish. Even if you're
not an anchovy lover, you probably will not mind them, as once fried, the
anchovies melt into the background and provide the dish with rich and savory
undertones. This pasta is so good that you'll want to lick the bowl!
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
In Italian, a puttana is a "lady of the night." It is said that it's quick preparation made it popular as a fast snack between clients.
Today it is found throughout Italy, although it is particularly popular in Rome.
Using Anchovies and Anchovy Paste:
Anchovies and Anchovy Paste, check out
What's Cooking America's Kitchen Store.
Anchovies are tiny silver fish
that are a member of the herring family, about 3 inches long, native to the Mediterranean
and southern European coastlines. They are sold whole, and salt-packed or, more
commonly, filleted and packed in oil (olive oil is best). The most popular and tasty are the ones in olive oil and salt.
Filleted anchovies are ready to use, but always taste a newly opened can of anchovies before using in a recipe. If they are
too salty, rinse the fillets well in warm water, then pat dry on paper toweling. The oil in which the anchovies were packed should be discarded unless a recipe specifies otherwise (it will be too fishy and salty to use in the majority of recipes).
Whole anchovies require more work to remove the heads, tails, and backbones.
They also need to be rinsed of excess salt.
NOTE: If you are not familiar with strongly flavored ingredients such as anchovies, add them to your dish in very small amounts so that you can control the taste and balance the flavors.
Don't be tempted by bargain-priced anchovies because the really good ones are never cheap and the cheap ones are likely to be the really awful tasting ones that have give anchovies a bad name.
If using canned anchovies, don't keep the leftover ones in the tin. Remove them, curl them into rolls, put them in a small
airtight container, cover them with extra-virgin olive oil, and refrigerate. For
the most intense flavor, use within six months.
1 (2-ounces) can = 7 to 10 anchovy
1 (2-ounces) can = 3 tablespoons
1 anchovy fillet = 1/2 teaspoon
Anchovy Paste is ground anchovy fillets ground to
a paste, then blended with salt and a small amount of sugar (to mellow the
flavor. For dishes that use just a touch of anchovy, the convenience of the
squeezable tube can't be beat.
1 (2 ounces) tube of anchovy paste = 5 tablespoons or 1/4 cup chopped anchovies
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste = 2 anchovy fillets
1 teaspoon mashed anchovies = 1 teaspoon anchovy paste