Gabriela’s Bacalao Vizcaína
1 pound small red potatoes,
baked and peeled
1/2cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons capers
1/2cup pitted green olives
6 yellow chiles,
roasted and chopped
1/2cup black raisins
1/2cup chopped canned
red bell pepper
1 pound salt cod
1 cup olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves,
1 white onion, chopped
1/4cup chopped parsley
2 cups finely chopped
2 cups canned tomato puree
Salt and pepper
2. In a large pan, heat 1/2 cup olive oil over medium
heat; add the fish and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; cover with
foil to keep warm. In the same pan, heat the
remaining oil over medium heat. Add garlic and
onions; cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add parsley and cook about 2 minutes more.
3. Add tomatoes and tomato puree; cook, stirring,
for 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and
pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring
occasionally, for 20 minutes.
4. Add fish, potatoes, almonds, capers, olives,
yellow chiles, raisins and red bell peppers. Reduce
the heat to low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.
Serve with white bread. Makes 4 servings.
1. Soak fish overnight in 1/2 gallon of water, changing
the water several times. Drain and simmer fish
in water, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Cool in the
water. Crumble the fish, removing the bones.
Gabriela Mendoza, Mexico City, Mexico D.F.
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earthy flavor. Frequently combined with other
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Chipotle chile pepper:A ripe (and red) jalapeño
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valued for its distinctive fruity, berry flavor. It is
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