You either love them or hate them – and I happen to LOVE boquerones! What are they? They are simply fresh anchovies, preserved in a marinade of vinegar and olive oil. These aren’t the canned, salty version used in caesar dressing or in anchovy paste – these are a DELICACY! There are a few different ways I like to enjoy them. One way is by topping them with diced pickled carrots and shaved sweet onion. But today – it’s with pink grapefruit, pickled jalapeños pepper and olive oil!
Simply peel the grapefruit and remove the segments. Place the grapefruit segments and anchovies on a platter alternating between the two. Garnish with pickled jalapeños , a sprinkling of black pepper and a drizzle of good olive oil.
Grab a fork and dig in! I serve this as an appetizer but honestly, could have it all to myself for a complete meal. I picked up these boquerones from Half Shepherd Market here in Athens. I love this neighborhood grocery and cheese shop in Normaltown on Prince Avenue. They serve up great sandwiches, soups, coffee, tea and hot foods to take home too. AND – they use my peach pepper jelly in one of their sandwiches! And….they sell my pickles and pepper jelly by the jar. So – wink wink! Y’all should head over there this weekend and check ’em out! And if they happen to have their deviled ham in the deli case – Grab a tub of it! It’s one of my favorite road trip snacks.