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How to make Portuguese salt cod cakes (Pataniscas de Bacalhau).
Portuguese Salt Cod Cakes Recipe
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Portuguese Salt Cod Cakes Recipe

Portuguese Salt Cod Cakes Recipe

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1 lb boneless Salt Cod (Bacalhau)4 eggs1 1/2 cups flour1/2 small minced onion (or Scallions)2 teaspoons fresh minced parsley (or 1 tsp dry)1/4 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp garlic powder1 tablespoon olive oilsalt to taste1 cup of cold water from poaching the bacalhau1/2 teaspoon baking soda optional1/4 cup Olive oil for frying1/4 cup Vegetable oil for frying Get Portuguese ingredients & other stuff Get Portuguese ingredients and other stuff from Amazon.com
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  1. Hydrate the Cod in water for 1-2 days in cold water in refrigerator changing the water 2 times a day.
  2. Cook the Salt Cod in boiling water for about 5-8 minutes. Let it cool, and then shred it into flakes. Reserve 1 cup of water and let it cool.
  3. In a bowl, mix onion, parsley, bacalhau, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the olive oil, and mix well. Beat the eggs with the cold water and add to the bacalhau mix. Stir well to incorporate.
  4. Add more salt and pepper is desired. Note: I like a pancake like texture and appearance so I make a thinner batter. If you like a thicker style flat cake use less water.
  5. In a heavy skillet, add half of both oils to reach 1/4 inch in pan and heat to medium.
  6. Note: (You may use all veg oil, or corn oil if you wish).
  7. Test the oil temp by placing a tiny amount of batter in oil. If batter sizzles it’s ready to fry in. (If you see the oil begin to smoke, lower the heat.)
  8. Spoon silver dollar size pancake batter into pan. Pat them down to cook flat into oval shapes to about 1/4 inch. Cook until golden brown on each side.
  9. Place them onto paper towels or use brown paper lunch bags to absorb any grease.  Serve hot or cold….Top with squeezed lemon if desired. Make a double batch because they’re better the next day.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Tia Maria's Blog, portuguesediner.com/tiamaria

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