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Bagna Cauda Dip

Allow this robust dip to mellow overnight in the refrigerator. Before serving, bring it to room temperature or reheat gently in a saucepan. Serve the dip in ceramic bowls set over warming candles with steamed broccoflower and toasted country bread.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Photography: Earl Carter

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2002


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 three-ounce tin anchovy fillets, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Melt butter in a small saute pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic, and cook until softened but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add anchovies and oil, and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is softened and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool slightly.

  2. Transfer the mixture to the jar of a blender, and add milk; puree until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, preferably overnight and up to 4 days.

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