Tomorrow is Father’s Day in Portugal! In honor of my Dad, I have made his favorite recipe - Bacalhau à Brás, and one that he cooked often when I was growing up. Every bite brings me back to when I was a kid, seating at the dinner table and telling him that I hated olives! But now this is one of my favorites!
It’s such an easy recipe to do, cod mixed with onions, fries, and eggs. If there is a recipe to make someone fall in love with cod, it has to be this one!
1 pound dried salt cod
7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips (about 6 cups)
Enough oil to fry potatoes
1 large onion, thinly sliced
8 large eggs
freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, divided
18 black or green olives
Soak the salted cod in water for 24/36 hours, changing the water 3 or 4 times – depending on the thickness of the cod
Heat oil in deep heavy bottom pot
When hot, add potatoes and fry until golden – you want the potatoes light golden not to crispy
Dry on paper towel to get rid of excess oil
Add the cod to a pot of water, bring to a boil.
Lower the temperature and simmer the cod for about 10 minutes.
Remove the cod pieces with a skimmer and onto a plate.
Remove the skin from the cod and shred it, making sure to discard all the bones
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes while stirring.
Add the cod, mix and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add half of the matchstick chips and mix.
In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add the eggs to the cod mixture and stir until the eggs are half-cooked.
Add half of the matchstick chips, half of parsley and stir one last time.
Remove immediately from heat to avoid overcooking the eggs
Arrange in a dish.
Garnish with leftover parsley and black olives.