Bakalar na bijelo is a very popular dish traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve in Croatia.
There are different variations and methods to cook Bakalar. This recipe, Bakalar na bijelo (Cod paté) is one of the absolute favorite in Istria.
STEP 1 Soak dried cod for 24 hours in cold water. Change the water from time to time.
STEP 2 Cook the cod until soften (around 45 minutes).
STEP 3 Drain the cod and reserve the cooking water. Let it cool slightly and then remove all the bones and skin until you have clean meat only.
STEP 4 Cook the potatoes in the same water on a low heat until soft (around 30 minutes). Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep in mind that the cod is already salty.
STEP 5 The cod needs to be beaten. It is recommended to use a large pan and a wooden spoon or a wooden rolling pin. That is a traditional way of doing it. Nowadays it is common to use the food processor instead. The result is amazing and very close to the original version.
STEP 6 Keep beating it until it is very creamy and smooth with no hard bits. Adding olive oil constantly and cooked potatoes piece by piece. Needs to be beaten until the mixture is well incorporated. If using food processor keep adding olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth.
STEP 7 Chop parsley finely and add to the mixture at the end.
Traditionally is served with fuzi or a toasted bread.
- 1.8lbs dried cod
- 2 potatoes
- Up to 4 cups olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
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