My family loves bacalhau so I’m always trying new recipes. This week I gave the classic “Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa” a makeover by making it as a scalloped potato layered bake. It was very simple to prepare since I didn’t have to cook the potatoes a head of time like the traditional recipe.
The thin sliced potatoes mixed with the sweet onions and olive oil tones down the saltiness of bacalhau creating a wonderful blend.
This recipe is pretty versatile so you can go ahead and add lots of bacalhau or as little as you wish. We all decided that I would make this recipe from now on. Enjoy everyone!
3-4 pounds of 1/8 inch thin sliced potatoes (washed with skin on)
1 and 1/2 pounds to 2 pounds of hydrated de-salted bacalhau (salt cod)
3 large onions (sliced 1/8 inch)
4 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon or more salt to taste
1 large roasted red pepper (cut into strips) (fresh or jarred)
Optional garnish: chopped parsley, sliced hard boiled eggs
Cook the cod in boiling water for about 5 -10 minutes depending on thickness.
Saute the onions and garlic in 1/4 cup of the olive oil until caramel colored.
Coat a large deep dish oven pan with olive oil and spread a small layer of the cooked onions.
Begin layering; potatoes, cod followed by onions and olive oil, then salt and pepper.
Complete the layers with the onions on top and arrange the red pepper on top.
Top with foil. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cook for 30-40 minutes covered with foil. Remove foil and cook for 30-40 minutes longer.
Test for doneness by piercing one potato in the middle of the pan.
Garnish with black olives and serve with extra olive oil for serving.