Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bacalhau a' Lucia

my family and I are very blessed to be able to spend some great quality time with our parents & particularly enjoy sharing & learning recipes from our mom.
On this day she decided to get a little creative in making a meal with the old stand-by and always a favorite bacalhau (salt cod).
They say there are over 365 Portuguese recipes for bacalhau, now we have 366.

SALT COD, "BACALHAU", soak in waer over-night changing water a few times to draw out the salt & rehydrate the fish. Boil the bacalhau for 15-20 minutes.
POTATOES, peel & boil 2-3 potatoes & make simple mashed potatoes

1 onion, peeled & sliced into circles
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
garlic, (to taste)
salt (to taste)
In a skillet,
caramelize the onions with some olive oil and garlic, add the chopped tomatoes & stew for about 10 minutes.

place the mashed potatoes in a nice traditional clay pot making a crater in the middle and fill with the "tomatada".

In the mean time steam up some broccoli or other vegetable of choice, adding some sliced chourico adds to the flavor.

place the cooked bacalhau around the parameter,
add broccoli to the serving dish, along with some lemon wedges & olives.
Great presentation, looks ready to serve.

Bacalhau with Portuguese mashed potatoes, broccoli with chourico and tomatada (tomatoes & onions)

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