Bagna Cauda

July 6, 2010  •  Category:


Prior to my English cousin Andrew’s arrival, it had been agreed that we would cook together; I realized when he got here and brought with him a jar of homemade orange marmalade made with treacle that the man knew a lot about  cooking and food in general.

When Andrew realized our house was endowed with a rather large vegetable garden and orchard, he decided that our first course would be bagna cauda.

Talk about the perfect choice when you are pressed for time and still want to feed yourself well!


  • Vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, artichokes, cauliflower, anything! either fresh or steamed and cut in bite-size pieces.
  • 1 can of anchovies in oil
  • 4 ounces of unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • hard-boiled eggs (optional)


  1. Mash or chop the anchovies and place in a saucepan; add the garlic and oil and butter and heat the mixture slowly.
  2. Place all the vegetables (plus eggs if using) in a platter. Whisk the sauce until it emulsifies and place in a small dipping bowl. Serve warm, dipping the veggies in the sauce.


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  1. momgateway says:

    I love anchovies with butter and it’s perfect with boiled eggs—simply elegant!!!

  2. Rosa says:

    Scrumptious! A great sauce that goes particularly well with all those lovely vegetables…



  3. Vanessa says:

    I’ll have to try this, even if I’m not lucky enough to have home grown veg – what a wonderful luxury. I love the idea of this – so fast but it looks absolutely delicious and perfect for summer.

  4. A Canadian Foodie says:

    I have always wanted to try this – and still have never tried it. It has everything in it I love. YUM!!!!

  5. Sushma Mallya says:

    so colourful..lovely pics

  6. Krista says:

    I love this so much, Joumana! The picture of your garden and view are just wonderful! I can almost feel the sun on my shoulders. 🙂

  7. radia-recettes says:

    magnifique mariage entre ses légumes et j’aime beaucoup la vinaigrette, très originale et encore du jardin, c’est merveilleux, bisou chef joumana

  8. Priya says:

    Very new dish for me, looks awesome..

  9. Gloria says:

    Love your pictures, are absolutely beauty, all look nice!

  10. Angie's Recipes says:

    I wish I knew gardening….really do. Home grown veggies and fruits are so fresh and delicious!

  11. Christine @ Fresh says:

    Your cabbage patch is beautiful! Those heads of cabbage look like they are doing very well. This looks like a delicious veggie dish. I bet the achovies add a deep savory flavor.

  12. Doc says:

    Beautiful pictures, food and recipes. I just wonder if you’re ever coming back given that bounty! BTW, do you just warm the dipping suce or bring it up and simmer?

  13. Sasa says:

    Peripatetic! Awesome, I’m going to use it three times this week ;P

  14. lisaiscooking says:

    The addition of eggs sounds great, and this is a lovely thing to enjoy with homegrown vegetables. Beautiful photos!

  15. byba says:


    vraiment bien joli et bien coloré!, bravo et bonnes vacances si tu les as.

    bon mercredi.


  16. I Sicilian says:

    It looks like a beautiful landscape, to be envied. I love simple dishes like the Bagna Cauda. Sicilians make a variation of this dish and I treasure it because it is kept almost to it’s natural state. So healthy!

  17. kim says:

    I love your vegetable display! Give me that plate and I’d be a happy camper for the day, especially with this intense summer heat. 🙂

  18. Joanne says:

    I’ve never had bagna cauda before but it sounds absolutely delicious.

    I love cooking with other people…especially fellow foodies!

  19. Anh says:

    Another great recipe! That anchovy based dip must be excellent!

  20. Faith says:

    That is a gorgeous veggie garden! The dipping sauce for the veggies sounds delicious, I’ll have to give it a try!

  21. Lea Ann says:

    What a beautiful platter of food. Those hard-boiled eggs look like they are absolutely PERfectly cooked.

  22. tigerfish says:

    There is a similar Indonesian vegetable salad where long beans, tofu, bean sprouts etc are dipped in peanut sauce and it’s called Gado Gado.

  23. Katerina says:

    Perfect vegetables so colorful. Summer is ideal for such dishes.

  24. Amy @ cookbookmaniac says:

    Oh my goodness. You cannot trust me with a tray of this. It looks so yummy!

  25. T.W. Barritt says:

    Such beautiful photos of the garden and orchard! I have been enjoying eating vegetables fresh at the heat of the summer. Why cook, when natural produced the perfect meal already?

  26. Sue Stephens says:

    Your vegetable garden and views look great! I have a real soft spot for growing my own fruit and veg and love looking at other people’s gardens for inspiration. This year things are so dry that we are struggling to keep up with the watering!

  27. SYLVIA says:

    Organic clean perfect finger food, the depth of flavor is incredible. Joumana, your garden reminds me of my fathers house overlooking view of the mild climate nature. IT is very beautiful where you’re staying, enjoy every moment of it.

    • Joumana says:

      @Sylvia: my friend gave me the address of a place where I can get sour cherries for your recipe; however she said the season is already over; it is in Bourj Hammoud; I am going to try it anyway!

  28. FOODESSA says:

    Joumana…I’m enjoying your tour very much. What a beautiful garden.
    I’ll certainly have the salad…minus the anchoivies…sorry, not a fan.

    Everything looks amazing.

    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  29. Patty Price says:

    I agree with Claudia except the part about the anchovies, I am a fan!

  30. Susan says:

    I made Bagna Cauda for one of the first ‘gourmet’ dinners I prepared for friends years ago and felt I was such a sophisticated, international cook! Oh dear! What a simple but wonderful recipe.

    Glorious view in that last shot!

  31. Sook says:

    Love all your beautiful pictures!

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