Bacalaitos – (Codfish Fritters): easy-to-prepare and delicious side dish that can also substitute meat or fish in your meal.
Servings: 16 fritters (aprox.)
1/2 lb [0.23 kg] of salted codfish
3 tablespoons of milk
A pinch of sugar
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 teaspoon of chopped leek (optional)
1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
1/2 small onion diced into very small cubes
1/4 red pepper diced into very small cubes
1/4 cup of oil
Soak the salted codfish overnight in abundant water for 3 -4 hours.
Boil the codfish in clean water until it starts to flake.
Change the water and soak the codfish if it is still too salty. Drain all the water.
Flake the cod very finely.
In a bowl mix the codfish, milk, sugar, cornstarch, leek, parsley, onion, pepper and eggs. Mix well.
If the codfish lost all the salt in step 3 add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the mixture.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Pour the mixture one spoonful at a time, shaping into small cakes.
Fry till golden brown on both sides.
Let them rest on a paper towel for a minute to drain excess oil. Serve hot.