Fried Anchovies with Garlic

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Anchovies (boquerones) divide opinion. Some like them. Many loathe them. I come from the converted camp. The more often i eat them, the more my tastebuds get to like them.

Cantabria is rightly proud of anchovies. They can be used in so many diferent ways. They are very versatile and can be served as tapas, or in a main meal.

Ingredients

20 fresh anchovies
4 large garlic cloves
25 grams of fresh parsley
Olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
150 grams of breadcrumbs
olive oil for frying
lemon quarters for serving

Preparation

Scale and clean the anchovies, removing the head and central spine. Open them up. In a processor, blend the garlic, parsley and a little salt with sufficient oil to make a soft paste. Smear some of this paste on the inside of each anchovy fillet, stack them up, cover and leave in the fridge fo at least one hour. Dip each anchovy into the beaten egg, then into the breadcrumbs. Heat the oil to 180 celsius or gas mark 4. Fry the anchovies a few at a time, skin side up, turning them over as soon as they turn golden brown underneath. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, blot with kitchen paper and serve straight away, with lemon quarters.

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