Food for Thought: Anchovies with Green Sauce and Roero


Anchovies are a favorite of Roero and can be found in a variety of dishes.

One particularly traditional recipes, however, is the Anchovies with a green sauce… a recipe that combines the fresh ingredients of the garden such as basil and parsley, locally pressed olive oils, and, of course, anchovies.


  • 20  salt-packed anchovies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch basil
  • 1 hard-boiled egg yolks
  • 1 chili pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp vinegar


  1. Rinse the salt from the anchovies, slice them lengthwise and remove the bones.
  2. Boil the yolks of the eggs.
  3. Blend chopped parsley, basil, galic, and chili in a bowl with the mashed, cooked yolks. Stir in oil and vinegar.
  4. Arrange anchovies on a small platter and cover with the sauce. Top another layer of anchovies and more sauce. Continue layer, ending with a thick layer of sauce.
  5. Set aside for 4-6 hours before serving. Serve with crusty bread and Roero.

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