Recipe Alici in Tortiera – Anchovies in a Cake Pan

Alici in Tortiera – Anchovies in a Cake Pan

Even the cheapest fish, mainly anchovies, is often used for tasty recipes. Among them:

The anchovies arreganate, boned and cooked quickly in a pie pan with garlic, oil, oregano seasoned with lemon juice or vinegar.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. anchovies
  • 2 oz. breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbs. parsley
  • 2 oz. grated Pecorino
  • salt
  • 1 tbs. oregano
  • 2 oz. olive oil

How to make Alici in Tortiera:

Remove the heads and split the anchovies open. Remove the bones, wash, and pat dry. Prepare a battuto by mixing the breadcrumbs, Pecorino, oregano, parsley, chopped garlic, and salt. Grease a baking dish with oil and sprinkle with the battuto. Place the anchovies in rows, head to tail, leaving no empty spaces. Sprinkle with more of the battuto. Make three layers, the top being the battuto. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake the alici in tortiera in a hot oven at 450°F for half an hour.

You may also add peeled tomatoes or the juice of half a lemon to the top layer of the alici in tortiera.

Anchovies in a Cake Pan is a Regional recipe of Latium and Campania.

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