I know you’re probably tired of looking for different lent recipes, let alone healthy ones! I know……
I’ve decided to share one of my mom’s favorite recipes, Bacalhau Ao Ze do Pipo, a traditional Portuguese recipe, with a twist!
I know you will love it so much, you will create your own!
First let’s talk about Bacalao, which a lot of my friends haven’t heard of … It’s cod fish, preserved in sea salt. When the Portuguese came to Brazil, fish and seafood were a huge part of their diet, so salted cod was the only way they would preserve the fish to be eaten on the ship and hoping to have it later imported to the new world, Brazil!
Well, there’s no way you can eat Bacalao as is, meaning, the way they sell it in stores, so there are a couple ways to turn it into the most delicious ingredients for baked dishes, pot pies, stews, empanadas, the sky is the limit!
Best Way To Remove Salt From Bacalao
- My favorite way is to place it in a glass bowl early in the AM and immerse it in water, changing it 3 or four times, depending on how much salt you like in your food.
- My mom used to boil it twice, to remove the salt, but I prefer the soft texture, so I won’t cook it until it’s ready to go on my dish.
- Another way is how my grandma used to do, she would immerse it in milk, which removes the salt, you would only need to do it once, overnight, again, depending on your tastebuds and how much or little you love salt.
After you get the salt out of the way, that’s when the magic begins!
Wait, I know you are asking, where do I find bacalao? It is found where the grocery stores have the fish, not frozen section. I shop at three grocery stores, all of them have the bacalao.
Bacalao Ao Ze Do Pipo
The traditional recipe calls for mashed potatoes, I have decide to use yucca instead, since I am not eating starchy vegetables. Feel free to use potatoes, if you have no dietary restriction.
Great recipe for Lent season. Note that preparation is needed to remove the salt from the fish!
Best Ways To Remove Salt From Bacalao
My favorite way is to place it in a glass bowl early in the AM and immerse it in water, changing it 3 or four times, depending on how much salt you like in your food.
My mom used to boil it twice, to remove the salt, but I prefer the soft texture, so I won't cook it until it's ready to go on my dish.
Another way is how my grandma used to do, she would immerse it in milk, which removes the salt, you would only need to do it once, overnight, again, depending on your tastebuds and how much or little you love salt.
- 1 pound of salted cod called bacalao
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 tbsp of EVOO
- 1/2 cup of olives black or green
- 2 pounds of yucca 1 package frozen or fresh
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 hard boiled eggs sliced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven at 375F
- Mix unsalted cod with diced onions and olives and place it in a glass dish and bake it for 15 minutes and reserve.
Cook the yucca in boiling water until it is soft.
- Remove the water and use a mixer to mix the yucca, milk, salt, pepper until you have the mashed potato consistency and reserve it.
- Place the Mixture on top of the baked cod and bake it until golden or until you see the cod boiling in the oven, you don't want to burn it. Bake it for approximately 20 minutes.
Step By Step
For Mashed Yucca Step by Step recipe, check it out here.
Can’t wait to hear what you think about the recipe! Will be sharing another delicious bacalao recipe next week, stay tuned! As usual, give us a Trendy Shout!