(Bacalao a la Vizcaína Cubano / Cuban Salt Cod Bizcaine Style / Cuban Basque Style Cod Stew)
This Easter recipe is a very traditional Spanish dish that took many turns and variations throughout the history of food. Certainly, not two Balacao a la Vizcaínas are created equally. Growing up, it was the Salt Cod Bizcaine Style with an Italian twist. And though my mothers dish was truly one of my favorite Easter dishes, once I moved to the States, I fell completely in love with the Cuban version of this Easter classic.
Cuban Bacalao a la Vizcaína
This dish is done in almost no time. The only detail to bear in mind is the overnight soaking time that cod needs. Other than that, you can feed your family and friends in a matter of minutes – and without breaking the bank. The sauce is quick an easy: just onions, garlic, peppers, ají, tomato, and wine, and voilá!
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- 1 lb. salt cod, soaked overnight
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cloves of garlic, mashed
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium aji
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or dry white wine
- Water, if needed
- 1-6oz can red peppers with water
- ½ tbsp. white pepper or to taste
- French bread, sliced, toasted
- 1 lb. white potatoes (with or without the skin), sliced and cooked
- 4 cups of distilled water
- ½ cup tomato sauce (canned or fresh)
Discard the soaking liquid from the cod; break fish into pieces, place in a pot and cook in fresh distilled water for about 20 minutes. Drain and taste for saltiness. If its too salty, rinse under water several time until desired flavor is achieved.
Place the potatoes on the bottom of a pot, place cod on top, then the onions, the garlic, the ají, the peppers, wine, tomato sauce, chopped peppers with water. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are cookedabout 25-30 minutes. Serve with fried bread and peppers on top.
Serve in warm medium bowls with toasted bread on top, finely chopped peppers, fresh herbs, and/or olives or olive tapenade (optional).
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