Bolinhos de bacalhau(Salt cod fritters) a popular Portuguese snack, also served as a main with rice and salad which we’re having, easy to make but pack so much flavour!!
First tasted these a few years back when a fellow chef I worked with made them for me after he had been to Portugal and loved them.
I used salt fish but it’s not to everyone’s taste so I’ve done the recipe for just regular cod
1lb waxy potatoes, peeled and cubed
14oz cod fillet
4oz frozen peas
Handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 onion, diced
Salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 egg beaten
Pre-heat deep fat fryer to 190c.
Put the potatoes onto boil and at the same time, place the half onion, bay leaf and cod fillet in a pan, cover with water, bring to the boil then simmer for 3 minutes, remove and set aside the cod to cool. When the potatoes are cooked, mash with salt and pepper but no butter or milk then stir in the peas, parsley, egg and diced onion, season well with salt and pepper.
Mash the cod in a bowl with the back of a folk and fold into the mash and give everything a good mix.
You can roll them into balls to fry them or I like to quenelle them but that’s up to you, fry until golden brown.
Serve as a snack or with salad and rice.