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Candied Dried Young Anchovies with Lots of Walnuts

Candied Dried Young Anchovies with Lots of Walnuts

I make this year round, not just for Osechi (New Year's feast), so I usually use cheap anchovies. Even so, it's plenty delicious.

Ingredients: easy-to-make amount

Dried young anchovies
40 g
Walnuts
40 g
White sesame seeds
2 teaspoons
*Sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons
*Mirin
1 tablespoon
*Sake
1 tablespoon
*Soy sauce
1 tablespoon

Steps

1. Roast the walnuts in a pan to bring out their flavor. Take them out of the pan and break up roughly using your hands.
2. Wipe the pan with a paper towel, then roast the dried young anchovies until you can easily snap them in two.
3. Put in a strainer and rinse thoroughly, then cool them off on a plate lined with paper towels.
4. Wipe off the pan with paper towels again, and put the ingredients marked * in the pan to make the cooking liquid. Cook over medium heat.
5. Agitate the pan to dissolve the sugar and turn the heat to low. When about half of the total surface are of the liquid is bubbling, add the walnuts, anchovies and sesame seeds. Toss and turn the heat off.
6. Spread them out in a tray and allow to cool.

Story Behind this Recipe

These are the candied dried young anchovies I make at home every year. This recipe is a product of many years of experience.