This Fried napolitano snack is flavored with anchovies—“a familiar ingredient throughout the Campania region,” according to the book. “These miniature, preserved fish typically add a subtle, umami flavor” (as when added to a sauce like puttanesca) but they “can also lend a more pronounced bite to many regional dishes,” like these salty fritters. Adapted from Naples and the Amalfi Coast (Phaidon, $39.95 US/$49.95 CAN, April 2017)  Slideshow: More Anchovy Recipes 


Credit: © Simon Bajada

Recipe Summary

30 mins
20 hrs
16 to 20 gonfietti


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Instructions Checklist
  • Dissolve the yeast in a bowl with the water and sugar. Set aside for 15 minutes.

  • Stir in the flour and olive oil and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 2 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  • Remove any bones from the anchovy fillets and chop them. Knead the anchovies into the dough. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a thin sheet about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick. Use a 2 1/2-inch (6 cm) round cutter to cut into rounds. Re-roll any scraps and cut out more rounds.

  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch (30 cm) frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Working in batches, shallow-fry half the dough rounds until golden brown, 1–1 1/2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining rounds, adding more oil if necessary. Remove the gonfietti and drain them thoroughly on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve hot.