This is a wonderfully flavoursome recipe. An abundance of garlic is sauteed with anchovies, sardines and butter. Serve warm as a dip or with crusty bread as an appetiser.
If you use extra virgin olive oil in place of the vegetable oil, it will be spectacular...I promise. I love bagna calda with endive lettuce leaves (if you can find them) and red peppers, but when the calda gets cold and thick, it makes a fantastic spread for bread or tortillas. - 20 Feb 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Wow, yes olive oil makes it spectacular! Also, the sardines I had on hand were packed in hot sauce, not oil...added a nice kick to this. - 04 Apr 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
It's even better if you use FRESH anchovies and the extra virgin olive oil - 31 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)