Thursday, October 25, 2012

Salt Cod Cakes

This is an old New England recipe that goes back to the earliest days of this country. It uses salt cod, which was once a staple for many during the Winter months.

  • Refresh 1lb salt cod for 6 hours in cold water, changing water three times
  • Rinse the cod and place is a saucepan full of water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cool and drain  the cod, and flake with a fork, or pound in a mortar and pestle.
  • Boil two large potatoes, drain, cool, and mash.
  • Mix the potatoes and cod with:
  1. 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2T softened butter
  4. 1/4tsp Old Bay seasoning 
  5. 1 tsp minced parsley
  6. Just enough milk to make a firm, moldable mixture
  • Mold into balls and fry in oil until golden.

These were actually misted with olive oil and baked. Not as crunchy or firm as the fried version, but better than I expected ;-)

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