Anchovy Fennel Toasts with Roasted Red Peppers


  • 2 small red bell peppers (3/4 lb total)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 9 flat anchovy fillets (from a 2-oz can), patted dry and minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 24 (1/4-inch-thick) diagonal slices of baguette

    • Special equipment: an electric coffee/spice grinder or a mortar and pestle


    Straight Anchovy Butter Can Be Intense (indeed, We've Given A Range On The Anchovies, So Salt Fiends Can Indulge), But The Toasted, Ground Fennel...

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