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Portuguese Bacalhau à Brás (Salt Cod and Potatoes)

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“This is a very unique Portuguese Salt Cod fish dish. Very popular in the Azores Islands of Portugal. Cooked for many occasions and well enjoyed. To save yourself time you can prepare the potatoes ahead of time and let them soak in water untill you are ready to start your dish. Also please note, the Cod must be soaked in water overnight. However if you miss this step you can boil the Cod in a pot of water and keep changing the water a few times. This is to remove the salt from the Cod. Use Boneless Salted Cod (not frozen). You can find this in many Super Markets. I have mentioned below that you can also use a Food Processor and shred the potatoes and onion for ease. You can also cheat by using a family size bag of shoestring french fries ;) Prep time does not include soaking of the Cod.”
1hr 15mins

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  1. Note: Soak Cod fish in water overnight.
  2. Next day change water and place Cod in a pot with enough water to cover it. Boil for about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool. Once Cod has cooled, flake it.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to non stick pan and fry potatoes in batches each time using another tbsp of olive oil if necessary.
  4. Place paper towel on the bottom of a glass dish safe for the oven and keep fries warm in the oven.
  5. Once you are done with the potatoes add 1 tbsp of olive oil to pan and add the bay leaf. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes. remove bay leafs from pan (discard).
  6. add garlic, onions (pepper flakes if using) to the pan and saute until onions begin to soften.
  7. add the parsley and let saute a bit.
  8. add flaked Cod and keep tossing until Cod gets warm.
  9. add the eggs, keep stirring so not to let the eggs stick to pan. this mixture will start to look like scrambled eggs.
  10. Once you are done with your Cod and eggs mixture.
  11. Combine fries with Cod mixture.
  12. add olives if using.
  13. taste, add salt and black pepper if needed.
  14. when serving squeeze lemon juice from a slice of lemon ontop.
  15. add dash of tabsco sauce if using.
  16. Enjoy.

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