Crostini with anchovies and butter
Anchovies on toast – the simplest but most delicious combination of perfect ingredients. Sometimes, ‘less is more’ in cooking
6–12 slices of best-quality white sourdough bread
6–12 anchovy fillets preserved or oil, preferably Ortiz anchovies
30g cold, unsalted butter preferably one which is light and creamy
1 unwaxed lemon
Optional: finely chopped red peppers in oil
Optional: Mix butter and chiles in a small bowl and put in the fridge for a short time to keep the butter firm.
Cut the butter into enough slices for each piece of bread and lay it on top.
Lay one or two anchovy fillets on top of each slice and grate over a few strands of lemon zest before serving.