This week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe from David Lebovitz’ My Paris Kitchen is one I can’t say I remember ever seeing in a restaurant here in France although I have eaten it in people’s homes. Brandade de morue – or salt cod and potato purée – is a warm dish of puréed potatoes with de-salted salt cod mixed through with a generous helping of garlic, a few herbs and some cream. It’s served like an appetiser with toast and maybe a green salad. Perfect for the chilly temperatures right now.
I knew that finding salt cod without a lot of running around was going to be challenging so I went the cheat’s route – using regular cod. As many of you know I’m not much of a fish person so the idea of spending a long time looking for and procuring something I’m not mad about didn’t really fit in with my holiday plans (I’ve been working in slow motion since I arrived in France, it seems!) and I figured that since I was going to de-salt the cod anyway, why not skip a step (look away, purists!).
I know, I know, not the most authentic but maybe one day I will make it from scratch..
David tops his brandade with crispy breadcrumbs which is apparently not traditional but an element we all agreed was necessary – the purée is so silky smooth (even when we just mashed with a manual potato masher, no machine involved) that you need the crunch the breadcrumbs provide (mine are home-made from leftover baguette – which I would recommend, as opposed to tiny store-bought crumbs).
We enjoyed this with a green salad and some cheeses for a light supper. Definitely one that surprised me because I was not expecting to like it much. This was really tasty (thanks copious amount of garlic, cream and olive oil!) – the only thing it could have used was a touch more salt (not sure that would have been necessary had I used the actual proper salt cod). I’m looking forward to seeing how it translates to little fritters!
Get the recipe for David Lebovitz’s salt cod and potato purée here or on p 144 of My Paris Kitchen.
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