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Creamed Salt Cod (Brandade de morue) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Greg Neilley
Added: Monday, May 11, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 pound salt cod
1 yellow onion thickly sliced
2 bay leaves
10 whole peppercorns
2 cups milk
Ĺ cup extra virgin olive oil (this is a dish where it pays to use the good stuff)
2 small red potatoes
Ĺ cup heavy cream (hey, itís a holiday dish, donít worry)
3 gloves garlic
Pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:
Directions:
Rinse all the salt on the surface from the salt cod then place in a large bowl and cover with at least one gallon of water. Soak in a cool place for 2 days, changing the water twice daily.
Put the onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, milk, and four cups water in a medium sized pot and simmer 15 minutes. Add the salt cod and cook at a bare simmer for about 10 minutes. When done the fish should flake quite easily but make sure not to overcook or the fish will become tough. Drain and remove peppercorns, bay leaves, and onion.
Peel and quarter the potatoes and boil in unsalted water until soft. Drain and keep warm.
In a heavy sauce pot, warm the olive oil gently. Add the cod and break up the fish with a wooden spoon until it resembles a chunky paste. Mash the potatoes and add to the cod mixture. Pound the garlic to a paste in a mortar or with the side of a chefís knife and add to the cod mixture. Add the cream and stir. Season with the cayenne and salt if needed. Keep warm on a very low flame or double boiler until ready to serve.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This has become a regular Neilley family holiday dish. Serve as an appetizer with homemade crostini (toast a thinly sliced baguette and then rub with a cut garlic half and drizzle with olive oil). You must think ahead and soak the salt cod 48 hours ahead but itís well worth it. Salt cod is available in most supermarkets in those small wooden boxes or better yet order a tenderloin piece from- www.tienda.com.

 

 

 

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