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Seeking salt cod recipe - moved from Italy board

sinjawns Nov 11, 2009 04:19 AM

Am looking for a recipe that approximates a wonderful salt cod casserole that I had in Lucca in a trattoria on Via Borgo Giannoti-- sadly can't remember the name. It has thinly sliced potatoes, tomatoes, onion, fennel, olives, and a lot of olive oil. I could make it up, but if anyone has such a recipe at hand I would appreciate it.

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    zerlina RE: sinjawns Nov 11, 2009 08:07 AM

    If you Google >baccala patate finocchio<, you'll find a few recipes in Italian that you can then get in (a sort of) English with Google translate.

    But you'll also find that some of them are so vague that you might as well make up your own.

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      bob96 RE: sinjawns Nov 11, 2009 11:13 PM

      Baccala oven baked with a combination of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, celery/fennel, and herbs/olives/capers is a cornerstone Italian dish, found everywhere. Try searching "baccala al forno con pomodori"; here's a link to a base recipe, with step by step photos to offset the Italian text:


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        summerUWS2008 RE: bob96 Nov 12, 2009 08:53 AM

        Can't help you with a recipe because there are so many variants on baccala or "stoccafisso" stews, but is the lost name of the trattoria Trattoria da Buatino or Ristorante al Borgo?

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          sinjawns RE: summerUWS2008 Nov 13, 2009 10:23 AM

          Buatino it is... thanks! Using that info I was able to find this recipe for BACCALA' MARINATO AL FORNO CON PATATE, vague (as Zerlina suggested) but helpful to know about marinating the fish overnight in an assortment of spices. Have it marinating now...looks gorgeous.


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        coombe RE: sinjawns Dec 1, 2009 11:59 PM

        I can remember my mother making it with very simple ingredients. Once the salt cod has been soaked overnight and flushed with fresh water, cut it into chunks about 3-4 inches long and about 2 inches wide. Put some olive oil in a large pan (preferably the shallow frying pan type) ad some peeled whole flat onions (others will do if you can find them), the pieces of cod and chopped tomatoes. Bring to boil and allow to simmer on a very low heat for an hour or so. Very very simple. Great with boiled potatoes.

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