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Citrus-marinated Anchovies with Fennel Salad Recipe

Citrus-marinated Anchovies with Fennel Salad Recipe

Citrus-marinated Anchovies with Fennel Salad Recipe

(alici marinate agli agrumi con insalata di finocchi)

Preparation time : 30 minutes + 1 day to marinate

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • fresh anchovies 1.3 lbs (600 g)
  • fennel (about 3 bulbs), thinly sliced 1.5 lbs (700 g)
  • orange 1
  • lemon 1
  • extra-virgin olive oil 31/2 tbsp (50 ml)
  • sprig of thyme 1
  • sprig of wild fennel 1
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method :

  1. Clean the anchovies, removing the bones and innards. Peel the lemon and orange with a potato peeler, making sure you don’t include any of the white part, and mince the peel. Juice the orange and lemon and set aside. Strip the thyme from the stem and roughly chop the wild fennel.
  2. Arrange half the herbs in the bottom of a container. Add the minced citrus peel and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Place the anchovies on top. Cover them with the remaining herbs, the juice of the orange and lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the anchovies marinate for a full day in the refrigerator.
  3. Wash and drain the fennel, cut into thin slices and arrange it on a platter. Top with the marinated anchovies and serve.

Marinating :

Food preparation doesn’t necessarily mean cooking, even in the Italian tradition, and marinating is one example. A marinade is a sauce in which foods are left to soak for a long time, sometimes for a whole day. The presence of acidic ingredients (vinegar, citrus juices or alcoholic beverages) transforms the flavor, consistency and appearance of the food so that it’s almost been “coldcooked.” This process is typical of Italian gastronomy, whether it’s merely the preliminary phase of a more complicated recipe or simply a single food preparation step. It’s a very ancient method that was created to extend the shelf life of food items, but it continues to be part of the Mediterranean tradition today because of its irrefutable value in terms of taste and nutrition.