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Bagna càuda with witlof and fennel

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for bagna càuda with witlof and fennel.

By Gourmet Food Team
  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
Bagna càuda with witlof and fennel
Bagna càuda with witlof and fennel

This traditional hot anchovy dip is sublime served with cold, crisp vegetables and crusty bread on the side. You can serve it with all kinds of vegetables, raw or steamed.


  • 125 ml (½ cup) olive oil
  • 100 gm butter, coarsely chopped, at room temperature
  • 12 anchovy fillets
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 witlof, leaves separated
  • 2 fennel, thinly sliced lengthways, fronds reserved for serving
  • To serve: crusty Italian bread and black olives


  • 1
    Process oil, butter, anchovies and garlic in a blender until smooth, then transfer to a saucepan and stir occasionally over low heat until garlic is soft and mixture splits (8-10 minutes). Season to taste and serve warm with witlof, fennel, fennel fronds, olives and bread on the side.
  • Author: Gourmet Food Team