Bacalhau - Portuguese Codfish Cakes

"The Portuguese, like the Spanish and the Basques, have always had salted cod to fall back on in hard times. The fish was very popular with these groups for two reasons....first it tasted like the old country and second....they could afford little else. The soaking time for the cod (18-24 hours) is not included in the prep time."
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  • Rinse the cod several times in cold water. Place it in a large stainless steel bowl and soak for 18-24 hours in plenty of cold water.
  • Change the water several times.
  • Drain the cod and place it in a saucepan and just cover it with fresh water.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Drain, debone, and flake the cod.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the olive oil and bread crumbs.
  • Mix very well and then add the cod and the remaining ingredients, except the eggs.
  • Mix until well blended and then form into 6 patties, 1/2" by 3 1/2".
  • Pan fry in a little olive oil until golden brown on both sides.
  • Keep warm in the oven while you poach the eggs.
  • Serve each fish cake topped with a poached egg.

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