Maria's Portuguese Bacalau Recipe
- 2 pounds dried salted cod fish
- 4 Yukon Gold potatoes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 hard cooked eggs, chopped
- 10 pitted green olives
- 10 pitted black olives
step 1: Soak the dried salted cod in cold water for 24 hours, changing the water several times.
step 2: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the soaked cod, and boil for about 5 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove cod from water, and save water for cooking potatoes. Remove skin and bones from the cod, and flake the meat into pieces using a fork. Set fish aside in a large bowl.
step 3: In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of parsley, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Pour over the fish, and toss lightly to coat.
step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the potatoes into the fish water, and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain under cool water, peel and cut into 1/4 inch slices.
step 5: While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, and saute until golden and caramelized. Stir one clove of garlic into the onions. Set aside.
step 6: Layer half of the potato slices in the bottom of a greased 8x11 inch baking dish. Cover with half of the cod, then half of the onions. Repeat layers, ending with onion.
step 7: Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Before serving, garnish the top with green and black olives, and hard-cooked eggs. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.