Anchovies cacciatore, “alici alla cacciatora” in Italian, is a culinary nonsense. “Alla cacciatora” or “cacciatore” means hunter style, hunter. Generally this adjective describes a dish made of chicken or game, but not for fish.
Nonetheless this recipe is wonderful. It’s perfect for this period of the year, when all the fishmongers overflow of blue shining little anchovies.
It’s also perfect for this period of my life, when time to cook is very few, because it’s extremely quick. It’s all about organization (oh, organization, my mental mantra of the last two months!). Once you have anchovies cleaned in your fridge – cleaning is actually what takes more time when preparing anchovies, this is why I ask my fishmonger to do this for me – this plate takes 5 minutes maximum to cook!
Just a simple adjustment: clean the anchovies very well from the insides otherwise you will come out terribly bitter. If you want you can also bone them. In this case they will take even less time to cook.
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