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Oct 18, 2008 08:27 AM

Impulse buy- salt cod- now what?! Help!

I just bought fine looking (Whole Paycheck!) salt cod, but now I'm not sure what to do with it. Recipes I have are, for the most part, of the fried kind. Does anyone have other ideas? It just seems like a waste to make fritters. Help!

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  1. Bacalao al Pil-Pil! Its Basque! Basically, you very slowly poach soaked salt cod in garlic infused-oil, and the gelatin that comes out of it helps emulsify the oil into a sauce.


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    1. re: Lemon Curry

      How much olive oil, is the fish submerged? I think I have heard of this dish, do you shake the pan at the end to emulsify the sauce?

    2. Look up "brandade" online or in cookbooks as well. It's one of my favourite appetizers: salt cod, mashed potatoes, butter, cream, garlic. Serve as a hot spread with good bread and other proven├žal appetizers.

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      1. re: TheSnowpea

        I second this rec. Puree well so that it is really smooth, not stringy, and it is heaven.

      2. My uncle used to make a wonderful Bacala dish as one of the seven fishes meal for Christmas Eve. After soaking the salt cod for several days... changing the water many times, it's basically a tomato sauce with all the usual ingredients plus capers and olives. He steamed small potatoes and served it with his version of Bacala. Mario Batali has a very similar recipe here at the Food Network site: (Note: he did not use mint in his recipe)

        1. Thank you so much! I'm still soaking the cod, so now I have some time to get the ingredients together.

          1. Although Newfoundland-style fish cakes are near and dear to my heart, one of the best Spanish tapas I've ever had was salt cod with scrambled eggs. The eggs were barely set, with chunks of flavourful yet delicate salt cod. Fabulous!