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TN&M in the Kitchen: Crostini di Baccalà Mantecato

By: Jasmine Boni-Ball Writer & Journalist | Specialist Fashion & Travel

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Crostini di Baccalà Mantecato (Salt Cod Crostini)  

Serves 20 crostini - Cook in 40 minutes plus 2 days to soak salt cod fillet

Ingredients

- 300g salt cod fillet, or stockfish, pre-soaked, skinned and deboned

- 150g Extra-virgin olive oil 

- 150g sunflower oil 

- 5g salt 

- Tuft of fresh parsley, finely chopped  

- 1 baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick 


Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (°C).  Bring to boil a pan of salted water,  and boil the pre-soaked, skinned and deboned salt cod fillet for 10 minutes. While the cod boils, briefly heat the oils (extra virgin and sunflower oil) in the microwave or bagnomaria.

Step 2

Drain the cod, making sure to preserve one cup of the salted water. Use your hands to break up the boiled cod into flakes, remove any remaining skin and bones. Place the cod in a bowl and begin to “whisk” using a hand whisk, electric mixer or immersion blender. Continue to whisk, adding the oils (extra virgin and sunflower oil), chopped parsley and season to taste. Add the cup of salted water (put aside at the beginning), and continue to mix until you reach a creamy consistency.

Step 3

Place slices of baguette on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden, turning halfway through. In Venice, Baccalà Mantecato is typically served on a thicker slice of bread to balance the thick and creamy consistency of the cod...be generous when spreading the creamed cod. Instead of crostini, you can also serve Baccalà Mantecato on toasted polenta. 

Savour your Baccalà Mantecato straight away on your choice of toasted bread or polenta, or keep in the fridge until ready to eat. Serve at room temperature. Buon appetito! 

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