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For a first course, use whole slices of French bread spread with anchovy mixture.
4 ounces anchovy fillets
2 cloves garlic chop finely
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice or red wine vinegar
1 black pepper, freshly ground
8 slices bread, french cut into strips, ½ inch thick
1 teaspoon parsley leaves finely chopped
Soak anchovies 10 minutes in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Place in a large mortar or heavy bowl with the garlic and tomato paste. Pound with a pestle, wooden masher or spoon into a very smooth purée, or use food processor with steel blade. Dribble the oil in, a few drops at a time, stirring constantly until thick and smooth, like mayonnaise. Stir in lemon juice and a few grounds of black pepper.
Preheat oven to 500°F.
Brown bread lightly on one side. While bread is warm, spread untoasted side with anchovy mixture, pressing it into bread with back of fork or spoon. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve at once.