Adventures in Cooking

My friend Helen is one of those cooks who can whip up a miracle meal with 4 ingredients and never ceases to amaze me.  Here is a recipe that she would like to share from her own family's repertoire. 

Helen's Christmas Eve Tradition: Salted Cod Fritters (mmmmm....)

1/2 lb salt cod
10 oz. potatoes
milk as needed
2 TB olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 eggs
4 TB parsley, chopped
olive oil for frying

How to make them: 

1. You need to start in advance: put cod into a bowl with water. Cover & refrigerate for 24-26 hours, changing the water 4-5 times.

2. Drain and rinse the cod and place it in a saucepan, cover with water and slowly bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain simmer and cook until the fish flakes easily (about 10-15 minutes). Drain and cool to the touch.

3. While the fish is simmering, cook the potatoes on high heat until tender. Drain well and mash.

4. Flake the drained and cooled cod, removing any bones. Taste it--if it's too salty, heat up enough milk to cover it and put the fish in the milk for 30 minutes. It needs to be a little salty though because the potatoes don't have any salt added.

5. Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.

6. Mix the flaked cod, the mashed potatoes, the onions and garlic, and the parsley. The mixture should be stiff enough to hold its shape. If it is too stiff add a bit of milk.

7. Form the mix into balls about 1 inch in diameter.

8. Fry a few at a time until golden brown.
Serve with lemon; cabbage salad (shredded cabbage w/ oil & vinegar, salt & pepper) is really good with these.