The weather has been crazy these days, mostly hot despite the rains, which is why it can be tempting to have a cold bottle of beer or some chilled white wine. I often have greasy food with my drinks or cheese. Both choices are high in calories and they can be unhealthy that is why I decided to look for healthier alternatives.
Boquerones is a famous Spanish tapasÂ dish made of anchovies marinated in vinegar. This yummy appetizer may be served with olives or capers accompanied by beer or wine. You can find it in bars and restaurants when the weather is warm. Ready made ones are also available in local stores and supermarkets in Spain.
I think this recipe will go well with grilled capsicums and zucchini. You can also serve it with cheese if you are having wine or ham and other meats if you are having beer.
1kilo fresh anchovies
8 cups sherry vinegar
4 teaspoons of salt
3 cups water
1 whole garlic, sliced
1 packed cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
Wash the anchovies and remove the head, innards and bones, so that all you have left is the fillets. Wash them again in running water. Pat them dry using paper towels and then set aside.
Place the water, vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Mix well until the salt dissolves. Get a fillet and put it in the bowl, it must float in the middle to ensure that the mixture is correct. If it sinks, it means that there is too much vinegar. If it floats up to the surface then there is too much salt, so adjust the mixture accordingly. Add 3/4 of the garlic. Soak the anchovies in this mixture for 1-2 days.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet. Fry the remaining garlic for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.
After, strain the marinated anchovies and place them on a platter. Top the anchovies with the fried garlic and parsley. Drizzle it with olive oil. Serve with olives and crostini.
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