Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Anchovies! Another delicious tapa from Spain. Easy, delicious and very rewarding. And of course, garlic and olive oil.


12 anchovies
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Some salt to taste
1 cayenne pepper
Some extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon parsley

Anchovies are delicious. If you can get fresh anchovies, that will be great. You will have to clean them thoroughly. Remove head, bones and guts from the anchovies. It is not difficult. When you are cleaning them, do not forget to remove a sort of spine they have on their back. If you get them frozen, they will normally be a bit cleaned. However it is a good idea to check and clean them properly. After cleaning the anchovies, dry them thoroughly.
Once the anchovies are clean, we will prepare the garlic and the cayenne pepper. We will heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan and then we will sauté the garlic and the cayenne pepper. Very lightly.
Then we will add the anchovies. We will cook them for some minutes. Make sure you turn them over so that they are properly cooked. It will not take long.
Finally we will only have to add some chopped parsley and serve. When you serve them, just add some extra virgin olive oil and some salt to taste. And enjoy your boquerones!

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