Bacalhau de Trás-os-Montes by Oceana Restaurant NYC

To showcase the incredible versatility of Portuguese wines with food, Wines of Portugal is launching an exciting new culinary-focused program in the United States this April. The program, known as 10 Chefs / 10 Wineries,” will match ten Portuguese wineries with ten of America’s top chefs, culminating in an online cooking series and limited edition printed recipe guide that will be available to trade, press and consumers by the end of the year. credits:

Executive Chef Ben Pollinger and Wine Director Pedro Goncalves

 First Offering April: Oceana – New York City

“House-made Bacalhau de Trás-os-Montes”

Paired with Duorum Colheita 2011

4 4-ounce portions bacalhau, soaked three days in equal parts milk and water, changing liquid every day 
Chickpea-potato ragout

3 Tbs EVOO
1/3 Cup chorizo, skinned and diced 1/3 inch (approximately one link)
1 ¼ Cup Vidalia onion, medium dice (approx ½ medium onion)
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 plum tomatoes, cored and diced 1/3 inch
1 Cup cooked chickpeas
¾ Cup cooked fingerling potatoes, diced 1/3 inch (about 6 small potatoes)
1 Cup chicken stock
2 Tbs halved black olives
2 Tbs quartered large green olives
1 Tbs slivered parsley


1.   Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbs EVOO.
2.   Add chorizo and fry over medium high heat for 3 minutes, until lightly browned and oil takes on a red color from the sausage.
3.   Add onion and garlic and sauté five minutes, until lightly colored
4.   Add tomatoes; cook five minutes until tomato starts to break down
5.   Add chickpeas, potatoes and stock. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
6.   Nestle bacalhau into the ragout and spoon some of the ragout over the fish.
7.   Place cover on pan, cook 8 minutes.
8.   Add olives, remaining 1 Tbs EVOO and parsley, stir to combine.
9.   Spoon the ragout into four bowls. Place the fish on top of the ragout.
10. Spoon remaining ragout over the fish.
11. Place the halved quail egg over fish, top with a little more sliced parsley and a drizzle of EVOO.
Quail eggs (can substitute with chicken eggs if quail eggs are unavailable)
4 quail eggs (quarter a single chicken egg if substituting)
Place in a pot, cover with cold water.
Bring to a boil, boil two minutes.
Remove from water, peel and cut in half.

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