Bacalao a La Mexicana (Dried Cod Mexican Style
A tradition Christmas Eve dish served in Mexico
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- 2 lbs dried salt cod fish
- 1 chile, ancho (optional)
- 2 lbs tomatoes
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch fresh ground pepper
- 1 (220 g) jar roasted red peppers
- 1⁄2 cup sliced blanched almond
- 1⁄4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup pimento stuffed olive
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 lb small potato, cooked and peeled
- salt (optional)
- Soak the cod in cold water to cover for 12 hours, changing the water 2 or 3 times. Drain. Place in saucepan cover with water and bring just to a boil. Drain, remove the skin and bones, shred the flesh and set aside.
- Remove the stem and seeds from the chile ancho and soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain then puree in blender with the tomatoes and strain.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet, add the onion and garlic over low heat until transparent. Add the puree and cook over low heat until it thickens. Add the cod, bay leaf, cinnamon, pepper, red peppers, almonds, raisins, olives, capers and parsley. Stir, then cook over medium heat, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the potatoes, cover and cook over high heat for 10 more minutes to heat through. Add salt if required.
- Garnish with the chiles gueros.
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We don't eat this recipe in Mexico. It's true chile ancho is common in some dishes like mole, adobo, pipian (all of them are different sauces to cook meat). Cod is commonly cooked in Vizcaina or Veracruzna style in Christmas: onion, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, herbs, olives, capers, "chiles largos" (long, thin and green pale chile, not spicy) and sometimes little potatoes.
I used this recipe for Good Friday Bacalao and it turned out really well. The only change that I made is that I used 4 - 14 oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes. After I did that I was afraid that it was too much, but it really wasn't. It turned out really well. Preparing bacalao has become a Good Friday tradition for me. I was really happy with this recipe, the addition of the chile ancho and cinnamon really gave it a great flavor.