It’s hard to believe Christmas Eve has come and gone. Between all of the decorating, shopping, wrapping, and mingling with family and friends, I really procrastinated on most of my baking and cooking.
You see, most of my family is Italian / Armenian. And Christmas Eve is totally our holiday. It’s our best food day of the year:
The Feast of the Seven Fishes.
I’m not kidding. Our dinner table has at least seven fish dishes. Usually more. Most of the recipes are really time-consuming and tricky – but obviously SO DELICIOUS. But one dish really stands out above the rest.
Basically, they’re these little fried patties of salted cod. Sounds simple enough, but I swear – four pounds full WILL be gone in one night.
4 cups flour
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch sugar
2 packages instant yeast.
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons garlic
2 teaspoons pepper
1 pound shredded baccala
- Place Baccala in pan filled with cold water. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator. Change water every day for 2 weeks.
- On the 14th day, take baccala out of pan, drain the water, and shred first with fingers, then with blender.
- Place the shredded Baccala in a bowl and add the parsley, salt, garlic, pepper, and oil.
- Mix well. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl begin your dough with the flour, salt, and sugar.
- Place a small pan with 2 1/2 cups of water on low on the stove. When warm, mix in packages of yeast.
- Pour dissolved yeast into dough bowl and mix.
- Then mix the dough together with the baccala mixture.
- Set aside for an hour on a counter to rise.
- Heat frying pan with vegetable oil on medium heat. Spoon out small balls of the mixture and fry until golden brown on both sides.