Frittata di alici – anchovy frittata

Frittata di Alici


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This humble frittata is originally from Vasto, on the southern coast of Abruzzo, where anchovies – the key ingredient – abound.

Eggs and anchovies might seem like an odd combination, but they work surprisingly well together, especially when freshened up by a good dose of parsley and spiced up by chilli.

If you can’t source fresh anchovies, you can replace them with their marinated counterpart. Just know that the result will be bolder in flavour, and less meaty.

This frittata is particularly good when eaten in a sandwich. It also makes a good appetiser, and is a great addition to any picnic basket.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the grated pecorino, parsley, chilli, salt and pepper. Add the anchovies and stir to incorporate
In a large skillet, heat the oil over a medium-low flame. Once hot, add the egg mixture. Cook the frittata for 5 minutes, or until set enough to be able to flip it (I use a plate or a large lid to do so). Then, cook it for 5 more minutes on the other side.
Once done, remove it from the heat and transfer it to a plate
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