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Bagna Cauda

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Ingredients
  Cucumber 1 , peeled, seeded and cut into 2-by-1/2-inch strips
  Carrots 2 , peeled and cut into 2-by-1/2-inch strips
  Sweet red pepper 1 , seeded and cut into 2-by-1/2-inch strips
  Green pepper 1 , seeded and cut into 2-by-1/2-inch strips
  Celery sticks 4 , sticks, cut into 2-by-1/2-inch strips
  Spring onions 1 Bunch (100 gm), trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  Lettuce head 1 Small, broken into separate leaves
  Cherry tomatoes 12
  Fresh mushrooms 4 Ounce, left whole if small, quartered if large
  Italian bread sticks 8 (Use As Required)
For sauce
  Double cream 3⁄4 Pint
  Butter 2 Ounce
  Flat anchovy fillets 8 , drained, rinsed and finely chopped
  Finely chopped garlic 1 Teaspoon (Use A Scant Measure)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a large bowl pour enough water to soak the vegetable strips and pit in some ice cubes in it, soak the vegetables for an hour to make them crisp.
2. Remove from water, pat dry on paper towel and arrange on a serving dish with lettuce leaves, tomatoes and mushrooms.
3. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminium foil and keep it in the fridge.
4. Keep the bread sticks on a separate plate and keep aside.

MAKING
5. In a 2 pint heavy enamelled or stainless steel saucepan, add the cream and bring to a boil.
6. Lower the heat and cook it for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until it becomes thick and has reduced to about 3/8 pint.
7. Take a 1 1/2 to 2 pint enamelled cast iron or flameproof earthenware casserole (that fits over a candle warmer, spirit lamp or electric hotplate) and melt the butter in it over low heat on the stove, do not let it brown.
8. Put in the anchovies and garlic, the reduced cream and the optional truffle, and simmer the sauce, stirring constantly without boiling it.

SERVING
9. Serve it immediately, accompanied by the crisp vegetables and the bread sticks.
To eat, pick up a vegetable or bread stick and dip it into the hot sauce and munch it on.

TIPS
If the butter and cream separate in between due to heating, beat with a wire whisk.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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