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Salt Cod with Tomato Sauce

Source: Cucina Ebraica - Flavors of the Italian Jewish Kitchen
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
Salt cod cooked in tomato sauce is a culinary classic. This recipe is based on one in Giuseppe Maffioli's La cucina padovana. Similar dishes are prepared in Rome, where chopped black olives or pine nuts and raisins are often added.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 pounds salt cod fillet
all-purpose flour for coating
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
olive oil, as needed
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
4 olive oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained and chopped
4 cups tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Grated zest of 1 or 2 lemons
DIRECTIONS
Soak the salt cod in water for 2 days, changing the water at least 3 times. Drain the salt cod and break it into 2-inch pieces, removing any errant bones or discolored or tough parts.


Spread the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Dip the cod pieces in the seasoned flour, coating evenly.


Pour olive oil to a depth of 1-1/2 inches in a large, deep frying pan and place over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, in batches, fry the salt cod pieces, turning once, until golden on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes total. Drain on paper towels and set aside.


In another pan, sauté a battuto of onions and garlic over medium-high heat in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft and pale gold, about 8 minutes. Add the white wine and let it bubble up. Then add the anchovies, the tomato sauce, and the cod and simmer until the cod is almost completely cooked and tender, about 15 minutes. Add the parsley and lemon zest and simmer for 5 minutes longer to blend the flavors. Transfer to a warmed serving platter and serve hot.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 314
Fat. Total: 4g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 26g
Sodium: 1728mg
% Cal. from Fat: 11%
Cholesterol: 77mg
Protein: 36g
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