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Old 02-10-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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Bacalao/Baccala

I'm making this tomorrow - salted cod is soaking in fridge.

2 lb salted cod - soaked till not too salty (2 days ?) changing water
3-4 times a day.
3 28 oz cans whole peeled tomato - sliced - reserve juice.
3 large Spanish onions - sliced medium (maybe 2.5 lb)
2-3 lb waxy potato - red bliss or yukon gold - sliced thin.
4 whole heads of garlic - minced.
2 lb red pepper - sliced.
1 sm. jar capers in salt - rinsed of salt, soaked and minced.
1 lb calamata olives - pitted and minced.
red pepper flakes/powder to taste.
salt to taste.
Dry Sherry (I use Gallo Pale Dry Cocktail Sherry for most cooking)
Olive oil

After cutting the cod in 4" chunks

I heat up a 6 qt cast iron pot - put a bit of olive oil in the bottom and
coat sides as well.
Make layers of ingredients
l starting with onions,potatoes,peppers,
capers, olives, cod and tomato .- I season vegetables with a bit of salt and pepper I add a bit of garlic to each layer. - add some red pepper flakes on top of tomato.
Repeat layers - trying for 3 complete iterations.
Add reserved tomato juice and a bit of dry sherry
Pour a bit of Olive oil over top.
Cover - place in 325 oven bake until potatoes are tender.

You could certainly vary the layering - you could also certainly
put some fresh breadcrumbs on the top and add some oil to them
which would make a wonderful crust.

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Old 02-10-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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I'm assumming this is Greek - sounds fantastic! May I ask a stupid question though....if salt cod is not available, would fresh work?
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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Hi Glorie

I think this is more Portuguese/Spanish than Greek.

I do think you could substitute fresh cod - salt cod is
practically 'cooked' by the long salting anyway.
Fresh cod would have a different taste and texture but should be
wonderful.

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Old 03-12-2009, 03:04 PM   #5
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I LOVE Bacalao. It can be really hard for me to find sometimes though, I need to find a nice Spanish grocery store (and for many other reasons.....i.e. fresh boquerones).
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:54 AM   #6
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I LOVE Bacalao. It can be really hard for me to find sometimes though, I need to find a nice Spanish grocery store (and for many other reasons.....i.e. fresh boquerones).
Here in Brooklyn Bacalao is available in almost any supermarket.
It sells for about $8/lb.
There is an alternative of dried salted Pollock which is cheaper
and a good substitute.
Where are you living that it is hard to find.
PS: the dish was delish
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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I mostly use it to make Brandade de Morue, which is a traditional Provencal dish with salt cod and potatoes that works out to be pretty much the Ultimate mashed potatoes! Especially great winter eating, and the leftovers make awesome cod cakes.
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