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Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Codfish Fritters)

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

This is one my favorite Brazilian snacks. They always the first to disappear at parties!


· 1 lb bacalhau (salt cod)

· 1¼ lb potatoes

· 1 onion , finely chopped

· 1 bunch parsley , chopped

· 2 eggs , lightly beaten

· Salt

· Vegetable oil (for deep frying)

· Lime


1. Soak the salt cod in water for at least 24 hours, changing the water 2 to 3 times.

2. Boil the potatoes with the skin for about 30 to 40 minutes.

3. Remove them from the pot, let cool, then peel them.

4. Mash the potatoes with a ricer or a grater, but not with a food processor or blender to maintain a certain consistency.

5. Remove the cod from the soaking water.

6. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

7. Reduce to medium heat and cook the cod for about 8 minutes.

8. Remove the cod from the pot and let cool for a few minutes.

9. Remove the skin and bones.

10. Add the cod to the food processor and pulse a few times to shred into fine pieces.

11. In a large bowl, add the cod, onion, parsley, mashed potatoes and beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly.

12. Form into round balls with wet hands.

13. Fry the bolinhos for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

14. Drain them on a plate lined with paper towel.

15. Serve hot with wedges of lime.

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