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Friday, October 26, 2012

Scandinavian Anchovy Treat - AND - How to Filet Anchovies

Good morning,

Yes, this post is about fileting anchovies.  If fileting tiny fish bothers you, you may not want to read on.  If you want to watch this work of art by a Norwegian-born American who knows all about these things, then, by all means, follow me through this series of pictures.

Start with a jar of whole anchovies.  These were purchased at Jungle Jim's an International Market near Cincinnati.
To get size into perspective this little fish will be fileted on a dessert plate.  I will do my best to repeat the instructions My Honey uttered as he went through this process and I snapped my camera trying to get it all to share here with you.  ;)
First, remove the tail...
...slice open the belly...
...remove what you find inside...
 ...remove the head by cutting behind the gill...
 ...move the head to the side of the plate. 
 More of what is inside will follow on its own...
 ...slice open the body...
 ...using tines of fork, loosen the spine near head, then remove spine and ribs by...
 ...gently lifting while guiding through tines.
 Open fish and remove any remaining bones.  If you've pulled the spine out correctly, there shouldn't be any/many more bones.
 This is a bowl of fileted anchovies ready to be made into a yummy snack.
 Boil a few eggs...
 ...slice some home made bread.  My recipe for my Rich Egg Bread is here.
 Arrange anchovies on bread...
 ...add slices of hard boiled eggs...
 ...and, here is your Scandinavian Anchovy Treat.

If we had still had caviar in the house, we would have spread that on the bread before the anchovies, too.  ;)

Enjoy!

Lois

11 comments:

Diana said...

Oh Lois this looks so good! I'm the only one in the house who loves Anchovy's. I would love to try this dish, it looks delicious!
Love Di ♥

VP said...

I always see these post at lunchtime...

TexWisGirl said...

hmmm...

Birdman said...

My wife would love this; I'll pass. Got ant peanut butter?

Rose said...

I will pass, too...will say that I have filleted regular fish...a bit different to this.

Funny to say...I probably would have liked this as a kid. And have had different people try to get me to try anchovies on pizza...said they had been just like me but once they tried it, they don't want a pizza without them.

Montanagirl said...

Wow - that's quite a snack!

Kathy said...

I think this would be too much anchovy for me. I like my anchovies in very small doses!

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks scrumptious to me and I'm sure my husband would think so too.

Bob Bushell said...

A lot of work for nothing, that's my choice.

Peter said...

MMM, looks good. Must visit that store in Cinninatti!

Gunn said...

Yummy!!:)