French in a Flash

Quick and easy recipes that prove that great French food doesn't require a tall hat and a fancy kitchen.

  • Yield:4 servings
  • Active time:5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes
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French in a Flash: Anchoïade

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Anchoïade is a classic Provençal dip or spread, made from just the best anchovies, the best olive oil, white wine vinegar, and garlic. I love drizzling it over roasted sweet bell peppers, spreading it on olive bread, or using it as a bath for crisp sweet fennel or sugar snaps. It's like the quirky-cool update to tapenade. Bon app!

Note: If you want to mellow out your anchovies, soak then in milk for 15 minutes, pat them dry, and then use them in this recipe.

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.


  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • Anchovy fillets from one 2-ounce can (see note in introduction)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar (or to taste)


  1. 1.

    Fit the food processor with a blade, and set it to whirl. Drop in the garlic, so it smashes to smithereens. Drop in all the anchovies at once. Add the olive oil and vinegar. Then stop the machine, scrape down the sides, and whiz until pretty smooth.

  2. 2.

    Spoon into a small bowl and serve with a few handfuls of fresh sugar snaps, or spoon it over roasted red and yellow peppers, or serve it as a dip for olive bread.

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