Greek-style Marinated Anchovies (Marinated Gavros)
The Greeks love their fish and like to keep meals simple – my kind of cooking. Now anchovies (gavros) may not conjure up images of a delicious light lunch to most people. If you’ve had those awful, mushy sad anchovies in a jar, I promise you haven’t had marinated fresh anchovies!
When fresh and combined with the right, basic ingredients these little fish can burst with a tangy flavour that will keep you digging in for more. I should know when we have a tub in the fridge I can often be seen loitering and digging in!
Marinated fresh anchovies make an irresistible tangy nibble, perfect served with fresh bread and a salad for a light lunch #recipe #Greekstyle Click To Tweet
The recipe is so simple, but there is a waiting time of at least twelve hours before you’ll be able to dig in. That’ll give you time to either knock up some fresh bread or to at least get to the bakers for some fresh bread.
You most definitely want fresh anchovies for this recipe and not anything out of a jar or tin! You can buy fresh, whole anchovies or as I discovered them already cleaned. If you’ve ever sat and cleaned two kilograms of anchovies you’ll understand my joy when I came across the already cleaned version. From two kilograms I would end up with roughly a kilo. Not a lot of payback for the work, but well worth it to make these irresistible bitesize tangy morsels.
They are can often be found in the fresh fish section of a supermarket or at the local fishmongers, but that’s here in Greece. I also only seem to buy them in summer. I’m not sure if that’s when they are in season or just when I happen to prepare them. They really don’t make a hearty winter meal.
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