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Bagna Cauda


  • 125ml/4fl oz extra virgin olive oil

  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

  • 12 anchovies preserved in olive oil, drained and chopped

  • 120g/4oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • To Serve

  • Selection of raw vegetables such as fennel, cauliflower, endive, celery, peppers and courgettes, cut into bite-sized pieces


  • 1.

    Put the olive oil in a pan with the garlic and anchovies and stir over a low heat for a few minutes.

  • 2.

    Whisk in 90g of the butter, and as soon as it has melted, remove from the heat and whisk a few more times so that everything is creamy and amalgamated.

  • 3.

    Taste, and if you feel you want this dipping sauce, which is meant to be pungent but not acrid, a little more mellow, then whisk in two more tablespoons of butter.

  • 4.

    Pour into a fondue dish over a flame or just serve in a very warm bowl.

  • 5.

    Serve with the vegetable crudités for dipping.

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