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Spanish recipes - Basque Country

With regards food, the Basque Country is probably the most important tourist destination in Spain. A coastal and border region, whose very varied culinary delights are due to the mixture of sea and mountain cultures with modern top-quality cooking.


In the Basque Country this recipe is considered to be very difficult. If anybody could perform this dish the first time, please let us know, because you'd be considered a very good chef.


4 pieces of salt cod ( 8x8 cm. each).
200 cc de olive oil.
2 cove of garlic
Hot pepper (for presentation only)


Cut the salted cod into 8x8 pieces.
You take the salted cod and must allow it to lose most of its salt by putting it in cold water for 48 hours into the fridge, changing water three times, at least.
Slice the garlic and golden it in a quarter litre of olive oil (good quality olive oil, one degre of acidity).
When the garlic is golden, you take them out of the oil and keep them aside for later use.
Allow the oil to cool and place the pieces of desalted of cod with its skin face upwards, (there's much discussing about the skin's face position business, half of the population thinks the skin must be upwards, the other half think the opposite, we ourselves think that this matter is absolutely irrelevant).
At this stage the most difficult task starts: the cacerole, which must be places near the cooker fire but not on it (it's very important that the fish doesn't fry), with the cod and oil is gently moved from side to side, so that the oil become thick mixed up with the cod's jelly, the final result must be something similar to a soft mayonese sauce.
The presentation of this dish is decorated with the slices of golden garlic you had left aside and a pinch of hot pepper.

try... and enjoy your meal!


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