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Bagna Cauda and Potatoes for #SundaySupper

Recipe: Bagna Cauda and Potatoes

Summary: Garlicky olive oil amped up with anchovies and other aromatics makes a delicious bath for steamed potatoes.


  • 1 pound Idaho Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes (or use Terra Rosa, a new red-fleshed variety, or a medley of fingerling potatoes)
  • 1 (2-ounce) tin anchovy fillets in oil (about 12 or so)
  • 6 large garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves (or 1/2-1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1-2 cloves Black Garlic (optional)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh Italian parsley
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (1-2 teaspoons)

Other dipper options:

  • Assorted fresh vegetables, cut into bite-size pieces: fennel, Belgian endive, red bell peppers, celery, radishes, button mushrooms
  • Steamed vegetables: artichokes, asparagus spears, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
  • Fish: Large poached shrimp with the tail on (hold the tail as you dip)


  1. First, get the dippers ready: Scrub potatoes and place them in a steamer basket over 1 inch simmering water. Cover and steam until tender, about 10-15 minutes. You may also steam them without additional water in the microwave, about 4-6 minutes. Test with a fork to make sure they are done; they should be tender but hold their shape. Cut the whole potatoes into thick slices, and cut any large fingerlings in half; leave the small fingerlings whole. Your goal is to have bite-size pieces. Place steamed potatoes in a serving bowl or on a plate.
  2. Wash and cut any fresh vegetable dippers you are using (see suggestions above), and lightly steam or blanch any that need slight cooking (see other suggested list above). Place these on a serving plate or platter.
  3. Now, make the Bagna Cauda: In the bowl of a small food processor, add anchovies with their oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, olives, oregano and black garlic (if using). Whirl into a paste, adding a tablespoon or 2 of the olive oil if needed.
  4. Transfer the paste into a small saucepan, add rest of olive oil, stir and cook over low heat. Simmer on lowest heat for 10 minutes, which will cook the garlic and incorporate the anchovies into the oil.
  5. Turn off heat and whisk in butter, a grinding of black pepper, parsley and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Transfer hot dip to a small fondue pot or other serving bowl that can take the heat. You can serve the dip with a flame under it (if you have a fondue setup), or simply in a heatproof bowl.
  6. Position the potatoes, any vegetables you are serving, and some skewers or fondue forks nearby, and encourage guests to dip and enjoy!

Leftover dip?

Drizzle over grilled steaks or lamb, or grilled fish, or toss with cooked pasta.

Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes from Melissa's Produce [1]Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes [2] are grown in Idaho and are the perfect size for many things, including this Bagna Cauda. They have thin skins (leave the skin on!),  cook quickly and have a buttery flavor. Melissa’s Produce [3] sent these over for recipe testing.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 8-10
Culinary tradition: Italian
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

This week our #SundaySupper cooks are tackling things on our culinary bucket list. Mine was to cook something from my Italian heritage, thus this Bagna Cauda. Join us today (Sun. Jan. 6) at 4 p.m. Pacific time on Twitter as we share our bucket list recipes during our #SundaySupper chat.

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