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Chef John's Bagna Cauda

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars

"If there were ever a recipe to tweak to your own tastes, it's this one. You can adjust the amounts of garlic and anchovy, as well as the proportion of olive oil to butter. You can also control how long you cook the mixture before it's presented. I hear from my friends in Northern Italy that they use twice as much anchovy and garlic as I did. Serve in a small chafing dish or fondue pot with crusty bread, roasted carrots, blanched asparagus, endive, red peppers, and/or roasted potatoes."
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25 m servings 87
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Grind garlic and salt together with a mortar and pestle. Add anchovies; grind with mortar and pestle until a coarse paste forms.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk butter into oil until butter melts and foams, about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to low and stir garlic-anchovy mixture into oil mixture; cook and stir until flavors blend and mixture is hot, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir red wine vinegar and red pepper flakes into oil mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 87 calories; 9.3 0.5 0.5 7 96 Full nutrition

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It's a dip! It's a drizzle! No! It's SUPER CONDIMENT! Able to dress crudites in a single spoonful. Able to bathe breads with a quick swirl. And it really is great on a flat bread with your other...

An awesome start! We used 9 cloves of roasted garlic (I think roasting gave an extra layer of flavour) & 7 fresh anchovy fillets. I also cooked it with some sliced onion in the mixture and then ...

MORE GARLIC........and use whatever leftover meat you have on hand from previous night's dinners. My ex's family used to have a competition making this once in awhile. Only the men in the family...