Bagna Cauda an Italian Treat

Gary Hancq


Pronounced "Ben Yah-- Cow Duh". An Italian treat for dipping bread or veggies. The Italians do know how to whet the taste buds.

You don't want to be the only one at the party that doesn't indulge. Or be down wind of those that do. If you get my drift.

This Garlicky Anchovy treat is a keeper. I'll probably hear from our Italian contingency.


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 to 8
15 Min
30 Min


  • 1 stick
    butter salted or unsalted
  • 2/3 to 1 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 to 8
    anchovy filets mashed well
  • 1/2 to 1
    head garlic mashed and minced fine
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground black pepper (optional)
  • ·
    assorted breads and veggies for dipping

How to Make Bagna Cauda an Italian Treat


  1. Place all in a fondue pot or saucepan and simmer on low for 5 to 7 minutes. Do not brown the garlic, lower heat. The Anchovies should all but dissolve. add a little ground black pepper if you wish.
  2. Place in fondue pot or I use my mini-crock pot for this.
  3. Serve with a platter of veggies such as: Thin sliced carrots, lettuce and cabbage leaves, snow peas, green beans or artichoke hearts, etc. As well as various bread chunks or bits of croissants.
  4. Let the guests dip to their hearts content, with fondue forks or not. The leftovers if any refrigerates and freezes very well. Garlic prevails and there's no such thing as too much.
  5. Note: This is also excellent for dipping cooked shrimp or cooked cubed chicken breast. If so provide a second bowl, etc, to prevent contamination of the veggie/bread portion. Use all or discard, or finish off immediately with additional bread. Safe and health wise always FIRST. --- Ciao! --- Pronounced "Chow" it's Hello or Goodbye in Italian. Sophia Loren said it all the time in her movies. Arnold S. used it also As... "Ciao! Bay Bee" -- just before he dispatched one of his protagonists with his magnum.
  6. Pictured is individual serving.

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