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25 MIN
Serves : 12

How to Make It

Step 1    

Fill 2 large bowls with ice water. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until it is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to a bowl of ice water to cool; drain well and pat dry.

Step 2    

Return the water in the pot to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes; drain. Immediately plunge the broccoli rabe into the other bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well and pat dry.

Step 3    

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the anchovies and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant and opaque, 2 to 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Pour the bagna cauda into a heatproof dish or a fondue pot. Arrange the vegetables on a platter and serve with the warm bagna cauda.


To prepare fennel crudités, remove the stalks where they join the bulb; then cut the bulb in half vertically. Cut off any fibrous portions or brown spots. Lay the fennel halves cut side down, and thinly slice them lengthwise; the core will keep the wedges intact. Then cut off the bottom core that holds the slices together.

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