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Fresh anchovies in vinegar


These food is high in protein and will help to keep your body strong and healthy (see more at "alimentos con proteínas"). 100 grams of Anchovy Fish contains 20.35 grams of protein and 104 milligrams of sodium.

Ingredients

2 lb. fresh anchovies, sardines or smelts. 6-8 tablespoons olive oil 2 oz. flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 small pinch of spanish saffron strands 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ground ginger 9 fl. oz red-wine vinegar 4 bay leaves 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Preparation

Cut off the fish heads, pulling out their innards. Slit them down the belly, as far as the tail, and swish the insdes under a tap.

Then put each fish down on a board, black back upwards, and press a thumb firmly down on it. This opens it out like a book and makes it easy to rip out the backbone and tail.

Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a big frying pan. Dust the fish with seasoned flour on a baking tray and fry immediately you have a trayful (there will be about 4 of these).

Put them in skin-side down and turn after 1-2 minutes. Remove them to kitchen paper to drain. Take the pan off the heat between batches and add more olive oil as necessary.

Fry the garlic in the remaining olive oil, then move to a mortar or a small herb (or coffee) mill. Work to a paste with a pinch of salt, the saffron, cumin seeds and ginger. Work in the vinegar.

Arrange the fish in an earthware dish, skin up. This can be shallow if you are planning to serve them within 24 hours, but should be smalller and deeper if you want to keep them.

Mix 9 fl. oz of water into the spicy mixture and pour this over the fish. Add more vinegar and water to cover them completely if you are keeping them.

Lay the bay leaves and very thinly sliced lemon over the top. Refrigerate for half a day before eating. They can be served straight from the dish, and eaten before a week.

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