Marinated Fresh Anchovies: Alici Fresche Marinate
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1-2 pounds of fresh white anchovies that have been cleaned and washed well
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (you could also use white vinegar like the Spanish do)
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup of finely chopped parsley
  • 4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a larger, flat, bowl layer the fish and add the lemon juice, oil, pepper, salt, garlic, and parsley. Mix the ingredients gently and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the fish to marinate and cook for at least 4 hours. The fish will keep for 2-3 days. I like to eat marinated anchovies or Alici Marinate with a large side dish of fried potatoes and a tomato salad.
  2. There are varying marinated anchovy recipes that suggest you should remove the fish from a first marinate, dry them well, and thereafter dress the fish with fresh olive oil, lemon juice, etc. However, I find this process unnecessary.
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