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White Anchovy Toast With Pickled Fennel and Apple Recipe

Sometimes there are restaurants you go to that, as a cook, are just totally inspiring. The Whale Wins in Seattle was one of those places for us with it’s sophisticated yet straightforward food. Though there wasn’t one bad dish in the meal, their Sardine Toast stuck with us. So, of course, we wanted to recreate it in our own way and we made this White Anchovy Toast with Pickled Fennel and Apple. It’s a toast is so elegant and sophisticated it’s begging to be served at your next cocktail party where you should probably pair it with this fabulous White Wine Basque Sangria.

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

White Anchovy Toast With Pickled Fennel and Apple Recipe

Pickled Fennel and Apple White Anchovy Toast Recipe

Our version of the amazing anchovy appetizer at The Whale Wins in Seattle, this White Anchovy Toast With Pickled Fennel and Apple Recipe is so elegant and sophisticated it's begging to be served at your next cocktail party.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 12
Calories 93 kcal


For The Toasts:

  • 1 French (aka sweet) baguette

    sliced on the bias into 16 (1/4-inch) slices

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt

For The Pickle:

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined granulated sugar
  • kosher salt
  • 1 medium fennel bulbs

    fennel fronds reserved for garnish

  • 1 medium Granny Smith apples

For The Creme Fraiche:

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For Assembly:

  • 1 (7 ounce) can marinated white anchovies


  • Toast The Baguette Toasts: Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil then arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with a few pinches of salt then bake until golden and crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Make The Pickle: In the meantime in a small bowl, add the vinegar, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and mix to help dissolve and set aside.
    Trim the stalks and bottom of the fennel bulb and then quarter lengthwise, keeping root in tack. Using a mandolin, slice fennel lengthwise into paper thin slices. Cut the apple off center in half avoiding the seeds and slice into paper thin slices on the mandolin. Add fennel and apples to the vinegar and toss. Allow to quick pickle while toasts are being baked, about 10 minutes.
  • Make The Creme Fraiche: In a small bowl, mix the crème fraiche with parsley and a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Serve: Once ready, evenly distribute the crème fraiche mixture on each toast. Then top with 2 anchovy fillets, and a forkful of the fennel and apple mixture. Garnish with a sprig of fennel fronds and serve.



Serving: 1 servingCalories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 141mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy appetizer
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