Monday, November 22, 2010

Salty codfish rice / Arroz de bacalhau

To round up Portuguese week recipes, here is a simple fish and rice recipe made with the treasured "bacalhau" (fish the Portuguese are obsessed with, apparently there are over a thousand ways to prepare it!):

The ingredients:
250g bacalhau (salty codfish)
2 cups milk
1 cup rice
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 onion, 1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper
parsely or cilantro
The recipe:
My bacalhau was frozen and "demolhado", but if yours is still salty, soak it in water for 24/36 hours, changing the water two or three times. Then bring milk to a boil and pour it over the fish.
Fry the onion and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil for a few minutes. Add the spices and the tomatoes. Saute at least five minutes.
Add rice and two cups of water. Boil until water disappears, about 10 minutes.
Add the bacalhau. Tear it apart with your hands (make sure it's boneless!) and mix it all in with the herbs.
Serve with soup or veggies.

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