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Deep Fried Anchovies

This recipe for Deep Fried Anchovies has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

Orce Serrano Hams market a range of authentic Andalucian cured meats, in particular Serrano Hams, olive oils, vinegars and wines. The business is situated in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, which is the home of Serrano Hams, and ships direct from Spain. All of the products are locally produced with many being used in local restaurants and tapas bars where Serrano Ham is a great favourite. If you are looking for a taste of real Spain the Orce Serrano Hams can supply you with it!

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Spanish seafood tapas. Deep fried anchovies are a great Spanish seafood recipe that is both simple to prepare and incredibly tasty! Fresh anchovies are served up all over Spain in tapas bars and restaurants either as a simple starter, usually served with bread, olive oil and tomato or as a free tapa. When the tapas bar is busy enough this is the kind of fish the Cocinero or "chef" loves to throw in the fryer. Perfect seafood tapas, enjoy.

Ingredients for Deep Fried Anchovies

300g Fresh anchovies
150g Plain flour
500ml Water
Splash of white wine vinegar
Olive oil

How to make Deep Fried Anchovies

  • Butterfly (see below) the anchovies.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan or deep cazuela.
  • For the batter slowly add the water and white wine vinegar to the flour in a mixing bowl, mixing continually until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  • Dip the fish into the batter and deep fry for 60 - 90 seconds.
  • Remove onto kitchen towel then serve in a terracotta cazuela along side lemon wedges and garnished with broadleaf parsley.

Preparing fresh anchovies:

To achieve anchovy fillets hold the fish firmly behind the head and pull the head backwards. Now pull the head down and slowly pull forward - the innards will follow. Draw your finger down the full length of the fish and open it out. You will now have an anchovy in two fillets, these fillets simply pull apart and you have fresh anchovy ready for deep fried tapas.

Deep Fried Anchovies

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