Salmon & Seafood Guide by Marky’s
What Are Boquerones Known For?
Originally, the fish treat boquerones (it should be pronounced as boh-kay-rohns) is a classic Spanish appetizer. It consists of fresh anchovy fillets marinated in white wine vinegar either for just a couple of hours or for several days. Before serving, they are lavishly napped with prime olive oil. As a rule, chopped garlic or onions, parsley and other fragrant herbs can be sprinkled over the pickled fillets. As a result of the pickling process, anchovy’s flesh gets some nice white color. That is why Spanish boquerones in vinegar are more widely known as white anchovies.
As for the anchovy, this fish is quite popular in Mediterranean cuisine. For hundreds of years it has been fished along the present-day coasts of the Balkans, Italy, Spain, as well as northern Africa. Despite its small size (the average length of its body is 6 in or 15 cm), anchovy is a plump, meaty fish, easy to cook in different ways and very nutritious. Indeed, it is a generous source of essential minerals and vitamins, along with omega-3 oils and proteins.
Comparing to other varieties, marinated anchovies possess a much milder and smoother flavor. Their natural saltiness just gives them a slight pleasant tang, which also makes them a great thing to heat up your appetite.
Some Serving Tips for White Anchovies (Boquerones)
After you buy boquerones, especially if it is your first time, you will be invariably surprised by their culinary ubiquity. Whether you are going to throw a picnic or party, or have a warm and cozy family dinner, or it is just your simple weekend lunch, they will successfully and unobtrusively fit into any occasion.
- Serve them as Spanish tapas or pinchos. These are light and quick savory snacks, accompanied by a drink, usually by a glass beer. But many chefs also recommend choosing red wine or Asturian cider as the most suitable beverages.
- Laid on a crusty slice of your favorite bread and paired with olives, boquerones will turn into a wonderful starter.
- Mix them ground with some butter, herbs and spices to make a pungent velvety anchovy butter.
- Experiment with adding them into versatile egg salads or exotic pizzas.
So, here we are at Marky’s Gourmet Store for you not to take a guess at where to buy boquerones of premium quality. For our imported boquerones anchovies from the sunny Mediterranean are carefully selected and filleted before being soaked in prime vinegar and packed in fragrant oil.
Treat yourself with sublime boquerones, so easy to enjoy right after the first bite.