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Salt cod brandade

Salt cod brandade

"Brandade de morue" is a classic of French bistro cuisine, especially in the south. It is a puréed mixture of salt cod and olive oil with (or sometimes without) potatoes. Here is a simplified version.

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Last modified on: March 2nd 2014

For 4 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
55 min.37 min.1 hour 32 min.
Preservation: A few days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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1 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #1The day before, desalt 400 g salt-cod by soaking in several changes of cold water.

On the day, cook the cod by placing in cold water and bringing this up to a gentle simmer. A good way to be sure it is properly cooked is to measure the temperature in the centre. As soon as the fish reaches 140°F (60°C), it is cooked.

Set aside.
10 min.
2 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #2Put the potatoes straight into the cooking water from the cod and boil until soft.

Set aside.
25 min.
3 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #3Prepare and chop 70 g shallot. 5 min.
4 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #4Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan on medium heat. When hot, add the shallot, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes without colouring. 2 min.
5 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #5Break the cod into flakes, discarding the skin and bones.

Peel the potatoes and chop into small pieces.
10 min.
6 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #6Put the cod and shallots into a food-processor bowl. 2 min.
7 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #7Add the potatoes and blend (using the blender blade) while adding the olive oil in a thin stream, until the mixture becomes a thick purée. 5 min.
8 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #8Add the parsley at the end.

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
3 min.
9 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #9Spread the brandade purée in a gratin dish. You can comb the top with a fork to make it more attractive. 5 min.
10 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #10Bake for about 30 minutes until nicely browned. 25 min.
11 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #11Your brandade is ready. You can serve it with a mixed green salad or just corn salad and a good french dressing (vinaigrette).
12 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #12Another way of cooking/serving: as pan-fried fish cakes.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan on high heat. Arrange tart/dessert rings in the pan.
13 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #13Fill the rings with the brandade purée, pressing the mixture down gently.

Leave the bottom to brown before removing the rings...
14 Salt cod brandade : Photo of step #14...then turn the cakes over to brown on the other side.

Serve one fish cake per person, with salad (for example, like the earlier version).

Remarks

Translator's note: cod in French is "le cabillaud" when fresh, "la morue" when dried and salted.

If many people do not realise that it is one and the same fish, they all seem to have their own favourite tips for desalting their "morue": some suggest leaving the fish all day in the toilet cistern, which should be flushed at regular intervals...

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
131479 gr69 gr80 gr
66 %30 %7 %12 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1559 gr8 gr9 gr
8 %4 %1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
32819 gr17 gr20 gr
16 %8 %2 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 5.13 €
Per person : 1.28 €

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Source: Home made.
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