Monday, March 19, 2012

tale of the anchovies

You guys. The other day I did something kind of crazy. I bought a little tin container of anchovies at Trader Joe's. Anchovies!

They get such a bad rap. And I'm right there bashing on them too. But the thing is, I LIKE fish. I like salty things. I like Caesar salad with the dressing (um, hello, anchovies!). And I love all things Italian. Ergo, there's really no reason why I shouldn't like anchovies. So. I bought some. And allow  me to apologize profusely...but no amount of epic photography skills can make these guys look appetizing.


What really instigated my semi-spontaneous purchase was The Pioneer Woman. She had posted a recipe for Pasta Puttanesca, a dish I had read described in Marisa de los Santos' novel Belong to Me. I don't think I had ever actually had pasta puttanesca before...but since I love all things Italian, I knew I was bound to love this too. Basically, it's spaghetti with a tomato, red onion, kalamata olive, anchovy, basil, and white wine concoction.


It was pretty tasty. And I would make it again. Especially since I forgot to get fresh basil at the store and sort of cheated by using dried basil instead. It would be way better with fresh basil. 

Pasta puttanesca was a success...but I still had a bunch of anchovy filets left, and no idea what to do with them. 

Enter pizza. I randomly found a recipe in one of my cookbooks for pizza with anchovies, hard salami, and olives. VoilĂ !


The pizza, admittedly, was not AS good as the pasta. I thought the combo of anchovy and salami was way too salty--as much as I love saltiness. Truth be told, I could taste the anchovy more on the pizza than in the pasta and...I would have preferred just the salami. There were still a couple anchovy filets left in the tin at this point. The met their fate in the trash.

When it comes down to it,  I really don't love anchovies. And I'm okay with that. I'll stick to my sushi, salmon, tilapia, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

2 comments:

  1. hahaha, you crazy person you. the anchovies remind me of my days in Spain when I was forced to eat sardines every other day. I much prefer a tame tilapia as well.

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  2. Haha, the SARDINES! I totally remember talking about the sardines with you...you were so appalled at their presence. :)

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