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A question about a recipe: Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette


I have a question about the recipe "Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette" from Genius Recipes. If I can't find the salt-packed anchovies, do you still recommend soaking the oil-in-tin ones? Please don't hurry an answer. I wanted something between "quickly" and "I'll check site periodically". Thank you.

asked by MaureenOnTheCape over 3 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 3 years ago

I asked Anna about this and she recommended just rinsing the oil-packed ones well -- you'll want to adjust the final dressing to your taste anyway, and the soaking is just there to reduce the saltiness of the salt-packed kind. In fact, I tried soaking the oil-packed ones in milk overnight and they basically disintegrated. Do not recommend!


HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Lactic acid in milk softens proteins so that's why the fish disintegrated. But a quick soak of about 30 minutes should fine and de-salt the anchovies.


pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 3 years ago

If you can't find salt packed anchovies, please avoid the tinned ones (typically from Morocco) altogether. That's why so many people hate (or think they hate) anchovies. A perfectly good substitute would be to buy the jarred style from Italy or Spain. A quick rinse is all they need. I did a house made caesar tonight using that method. I refer to the tinned kind as "pizza anchovies". Yuck!

added over 3 years ago

Rinse them off under a faucet for a minute, just to get the excess salt off the exterior, then continue with recipe as written.