Pasta with Spicy Anchovy Sauce and Dill Breadcrumbs
My issues weren't with the recipe itself. I simply don't have a taste for anchovies. The recipe was easy to follow and for those that enjoy them, it would make an excellent dish. It was like a simplified Tuna Casserole and really would fit into the "comfort food" niche. One of the things that I loved about it was the dilled breadcrumbs. They looked gorgeous and had a toasty flavor that was only enhanced by the dill. I think I'll work them into some other dishes so the experience was not a total loss. Mike,however, liked the dish but felt that it needed a little garlic. Well, we'll share the recipe and let you decide for yourselves.
Pasta with Spicy Anchovy Sauce and Dill Breadcrumbs (serves 6)
3/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 C. fresh bread crumbs (preferably from a baguette)
1/4 C. chopped dill
1 lb. red onions,thinly sliced (3 cups)
1 2oz. can flat anchovy fillets, drained and chopped
1 lb. bucatini or perciatelli pasta
1/2 t. dried hot red-pepper flakes
* Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmer,then cook bread crumbs,stirring constantly,until deep golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
* Transfer bread crumbs to a bowl and toss with dill and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
* Wipe out skillet, then cook onions with 1/4 teaspoon salt in remaining 1/2 cup oil over medium heat, stirring frequently, until very soft, 12-15 minutes. Add anchovies and cook, mashing anchovies into onions until dissolved.
* Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain pasta
* Stir red-pepper flakes and reserved water into anchovy sauce, then add pasta and toss to combine. Add about 1/2 of the bread crumbs and toss to coat. Serve sprinkled with remaining bread crumbs. (I think a nice garnish of dill would be pretty for presentation)
Note: The ingredient list is exact to the original recipe. The only thing that I changed in the instructions is that I did not describe to process of cooking the pasta. I'm assuming that everyone knows how to make pasta al dente.