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23 Recipes That Prove Anchovies Deserve Your Love

01/11/2012 05:57pm ET | Updated April 9, 2014

Anchovies are one of those foods that are unfortunately misunderstood. Too many people hate anchovies, and while an aversion to them may be understandable, the stigma that surrounds them is undeserved.

People who claim to dislike this little fish may have simply had one bad experience. Ordering anchovies on your pizza at your local spot may have seemed courageous at the time, but it was most likely a disservice to your taste buds -- and to anchovies everywhere. The anchovies we typically find on pizzas tend to be the cheap kind that taste incredibly fishy. Dismissing anchovies as a result of some overly-fishy ones on one bad pizza is like saying you hate cheese when you have only ever tasted Cheez Whiz.

If you're basing your opinion on a one-time experience -- or even worse, having never tried them at all -- we think you ought to give anchovies a second chance. Anchovies are a powerful, potent ingredient that have been heralded for centuries. They offer an umami quality to recipes -- adding depth and complexity to many dishes. They are the secret ingredient to one of the most popular salads in the Unites States -- the Caesar salad -- and they're the X-factor in many steak sauces and beloved Italian pasta dishes. With all they have to offer, you just might want to give anchovies another try.

Here are 23 times anchovies made our recipes so much better:

1
Grilled Romaine Salad with IPA Caesar Dressing
The Beeroness
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2
Pissaladiere
Tartelette
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3
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Simply Recipes
Get the Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce recipe from Simply Recipes
4
Roasted Kale and Fennel Salad with Avocado Caesar Dressing
FoodieCrush
5
Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Toasted Bread Crumb Salsa
Alexandra Cooks
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6
Pasta Puttanesca
Simply Recipes
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7
Radish and Escarole Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette
by Merill Stubbs from Food52
Get the Radish and Escarole Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette recipe by Merill Stubbs from Food52
8
Pub Gougères with Anchovy and Cayenne
withinseason from Food52
Get the Pub Gougères with Anchovy and Cayenne recipe by withinseason from Food52
9
Spaghetti with Shallots, Sage, Lemons & Anchovies
Lemon & Anchovies
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10
Hanger Steak With Herb-Nut Salsa
Petrina Tinslay/Food&Wine
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11
Peri Peri Pepper-Almond Dip with Marinated Anchovies
Lemons & Anchovies
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12
Penne With Cauliflower
New Media Publishing
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13
Italian-Sausage Burgers With Garlicky Spinach
Stephanie Foly/Food&Wine
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14
Anchovy Onion Butter
cookingwithleftovers from Food52
Get the Anchovy Onion Butter recipe by cookingwithleftovers from Food52
15
Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil
leatthepeach from Food52
Get the Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil recipe by leatthepeach from Food52
16
Baked Eggs with Potatoes and Anchovies
Ichigo Shortcake
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17
Crispy Anchovies
Food4Tots
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18
Linguine WIth Anchovy Sauce And Breadcrumbs
BevCooks
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19
Classic Caesar Salad
Bev Cooks
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20
Italian Salsa Verde
bell'alimento
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21
Lamb Chops with Herbed Anchovies
The Kitchen Inc.
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22
Tomato Saffron Fish Stew With Anchovy Pesto
Cook Sister
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23
Pasta with Cauliflower
Simply Recipes
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