I don’t anticipate immediately changing any one’s negative opinion about anchovies, but do hope that those who dislike them, might consider the health benefits and give them another shot. My recipe this week is for the anchovy lover, and is inspired by the Caesar salad we made last week. Instead of pureeing the anchovies in a dressing, this recipe puts the anchovies front and center.
Caesar Salad Bruschetta:
1/2 Cup Light Olive Oil Mayonnaise
1 Cup of Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
3 Tsp of Lemon Zest
1 Tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
12 Slices of Baguette, cut on the bias
1 Large Garlic Clove, Sliced in half lengthwise
24 Anchovy Fillets
1 Cup of finely shredded Romaine Hearts
Lemon Wedges for Garnish
Combine Mayo, 3/4 Cup of Parmesan, Lemon Zest and Black Pepper in a bowl. Set aside. Meanwhile, coat both sides of baguette with non-stick cooking spray and toast in a 350 degree oven for 6-8 minutes, until nice a toasty, but not too brown. Rub both sides of the warm toasted bread with the flat side of the garlic cloves. Next, spread a thin layer of the mayo-cheese mixture on each slice of toast. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top of the may mixture. Place the bread slices under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread start to brown. Once out of the broiler, place about a tablespoon of romaine in the center of each bread slice and top with two anchovy fillets in a crisscross pattern.