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I have a question about the ingredient "anchovy" on the recipe "Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere" Can I leave the anchovy out or substitute? from Patrice.

asked by chefpatrice about 3 years ago
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 3 years ago

Sure -- you can leave it out.

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added about 3 years ago

Yes, you can leave it out, but why would you?I f you are allergic to them, that is one thing, but anchovies contribute an element of taste, umami, to the dish that makes it particularly savory. You might not like to chow down on an anchovy alone, but combined with other foods, it adds elusive flavor that you will not pick out as 'anchovy'.