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Celery And Anchovy Salad

Courses: Salads
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Celery
8   Anchovy filets (preferably salt cured)
1   Garlic clove - (to 4)
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1 teaspoon 5mlRed wine vinegar
3 tablespoons 45mlExtra-virgin olive oil
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

Separate the celery into stalks and wash them well, particularly the bottoms where the dirt loves to hide. Cut the celery into 2-inch matchsticks: Begin by cutting each stalk into 4-inch pieces. Cut each piece lengthwise into slender sticks. Gather a bunch of sticks together and cut them in half. Place the matchsticks in a bowl of ice water to freshen until you're ready to use them.

If the anchovies are salt-cured, rinse them well under cold water until they are soft and pliable. Remove any large bones or fins.

To make the sauce in a mortar, pound the garlic and the salt to a smooth paste; this will take about a minute. Start with a lesser amount of garlic and then add more as necessary. Add the anchovies and pound them to a paste as well. Add the vinegar and stir with the pestle until it is smooth. Gradually add the olive oil, starting with a thin stream, stirring with the pestle, until the sauce is smooth. Add a grinding of pepper.

To make the sauce in a blender, puree the garlic, salt, anchovies and vinegar until smooth. With the blender running, gradually add the olive oil, starting with a thin stream, until the sauce is smooth. You may have to stop once or twice and scrape down the sides to make sure the sauce is thoroughly combined. Add a grinding of pepper.

Dip a celery stick in the sauce and taste it. If you think it needs more garlic, mince another clove with a knife and add it to the sauce, grinding with the pestle or pureeing with the blender until smooth.

Drain the celery sticks and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place them in a salad bowl and add the anchovy sauce, starting with 2 tablespoons. Toss well to distribute the sauce equally among the sticks. Taste and add more sauce as needed. Serve at room temperature.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Each serving: 85 calories; 458 mg sodium; 5 mg cholesterol; 7 grams fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 1.30 grams fiber.

The Los Angeles Times, 01-24-2001


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