Thursday, March 14, 2013

Roasted Anchovy Fillets & Tomatoes à la Puttanesca

As a fan of sardines, I have wanted to try anchovy fillets for a long time. Different fish; however both considered "small" fishes and belong to the champs of Omega-3s along with salmon, and smelt.


Roasting tomatoes with anchovies, garlic, olive oil, ground black peppers and green onions (the bottom white parts) could not be easier. This is pasta sauce/dressing cooked in the oven solely by slow roasting the combo. Roasting those not-rightfully-in-season tomatoes also helps to bring out the sweet umami flavors of tomatoes.

I have used Trader Joes Anchovy Fillets in Olive Oil here (photo below, at end of post). Each can has six small fillets and I have used them all in this recipe. The resulting sauce is intense but not overpowering and not overly salty.

There are many other products out there and if you have tried a good product, do leave me a note. I would love to hear your recommendations.

Anchovy fillets in oil is a source of EPA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid), and DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid). They are relatively low in mercury, and are healthier EPA and DHA choices than high-mercury species, such as swordfish, and mackerel.



Very intense sauce that I love! I am going to roast a bigger batch next time and keep it handy to toss into pasta whenever needed.



Sauce/Dressing of Roasted Anchovy Fillets, Tomatoes, Garlic, Green Onions
Ingredients:

  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 5-6 anchovy fillets
  • 4-5 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 green onion, bottom white parts finely chopped 
  • Pinch of ground pepper
Directions: Cut tomatoes (I have used a mixture of roma and cluster tomatoes-on-the-vine for this) into wedges and spread across a large flat pan/tray lined with baking paper. Lay the anchovies (about 6 small fillets in the can) on the tomatoes, then garnish evenly with minced garlic, green onions (bottom white parts finely chopped), drizzle of olive oil, pinch or two of freshly ground black pepper. Roast for about 30-45 mins in a 375F preheated oven; halfway into roasting, use a fork to gently move the tomatoes around on the roasting tray.


And believe it or not? It all started with this.


It is no where near authentic puttanesca-style sauce without the capers and olives but to me, it is simply delicious!

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