25 mins

    Garlic sauteed in butter, then simmered with anchovies and cream. If you love garlic, you will love this. My husband doesn't like it because it has too much garlic for him! It is an Italian dipping sauce that you eat as a main course. It is very soupy. You can eat it with Chinese cabbage, green capsicum and/or Italian bread. I got the recipe from my mother several years ago; she told me that it was an old Italian dish. We are not Italian, but it has been in my family for a couple of generations!

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1/2 cup (110g) butter
    • 1 cup (70g) garlic, thinly sliced
    • 6 cups (1.5 litres) thin cream
    • 1 (60g) can anchovy filets

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until browned, then stir in half-and-half and anchovies. Heat through and let thicken. The anchovies will 'melt' to add a slightly salty taste.

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    I've seen this in Italian cookbooks and it's "Bagna Cauda." When my family makes it, after we saute the garlic and add the anchovies (but before the heavy whipping cream reduced by half!) we cook some steak in it, cut into dippable strips. After we remove the steak, we add some more garlic (because a lot sticks to the steak) and a little more anchovies and then add the cream. Note: You should stir the cream really quickly for it to blend the best. We love this stuff so much we have annual Bagna Cauda parties.  -  22 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have learned that in the Italian countryside, it matters not what it is called, but that it is an awesome dish. My family has served this for years. We call it bunya cauda. I think it really just depends on the family for its pronunciation. We have substituted this for the traditional Christmas dinner. We tend to serve it with regular cabbage, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and just basically our favorite veggies & italian bread. In my experience in making it, people either love it or hate it. Its all about the garlic! LOL  -  19 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    AWESOME! I added some shrimp, scallops, and spinach. Served it with pasta. Sort of like a seafood scampi. My husband was in heaven.  -  04 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)