Anthony Shares His Grandmother’s Recipe-
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Every year my Grandmother would make Baccala Salad. This is her recipe and I am happy to share it.
For the poaching liquid
½ gallon of water
1 Cup of white wine
1 stalk of celery
3 Bay leaves
1 tbs Peppercorns
2# of Salted Cod
¼ cup of Olive Oil
¾ cup of Vinegar Peppers julienned
¼ cup of Chopped Parsley
¼ cup of the brine liquid reserved
Soak 2 pounds of Salted Cod for 4 Days in cold water in the fridge.
Change the water a couple times each day. On the fourth or the fifth day you can cook it. (this year start soaking it on Sunday the 20th)
The night before Christmas Eve, or the Day of bring to boil a half gallon of water with 1 cup of white wine, 1 half Onion, 1 Carrot and 1 Stalk of Celery, a few bay leaves and a tablespoon of Peppercorns, turn it down to a simmer and poach the Salt Cod for 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness. The cod should start to break apart.
Remove the Cod Pieces, let it cool and mix with ¼ cup of Olive Oil. ¾ cup of vinegar peppers and a quarter cup of chopped parsley. You can add a little of the pepper brine for flavor as you like. Toss and season with salt and pepper.