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Pasteis de Bacalhau - Cod Fritters Recipe

Total time: more than 2 hours

Preparation time: A few minutes + 12 hours soaking time
Cooking time: 20 minutes + frying time

Difficulty: Easy

There's no exact translation for the Portuguese word "pasteis" - it's a kind of frtter made from salt cod and potato, an intrinsic part of Portuguese cuisine, served as an hors d'oeuvre in restaurants, a snack in "tascas" or at fast-food counters and a staple of buffets. At home they're often served with rice and a salad as a simple meal.

There are numerous variations.

For 24 fritters

- 340 g (12 oz.) dried salt cod
- 550 g (1 lb. 3 oz.) firm potatoes, peeled
- 3 eggs
- Nutmeg
- Oil for frying
- 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
- Pepper

  1. desalt the cod and soak for 12 hours;
  2. half fill a saucepan with boiling water; add the potatoes and cod;
  3. simmer uncovered over medium heat for 20 minutes or until the cod and potatoes are completely cooked;
  4. remove the skin and bones from the cod;
  5. put the cod and potatoes through a meat grinder or chop in a food processor;
  6. blend in the egg yolks and parsley, season with a little pepper and nutmeg;
  7. beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold gently into the mixture;
  8. form into fritters - take a large tablespoonful of the mixture and place another spoon of the same size on top to mold it; continue until all the mixture has been made into fritters;
  9. fry the fritters in hot oil for a few minutes on each side until browned;
  10. drain on paper towels;
  11. serve hot or cold.

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