Acras de Morue
- Acras Batter:
- 1 cup flour
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 pound salted codfish, flaked
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
- 1 scallion, including green top
- 2 chives
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 Scotch Bonnet chile
- Corn oil, for frying (2 inches)
For the batter, mix the flour and the seasoning together in a medium-size bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and break the eggs into the well 1 at a time while beating the mixture has become a thick, uniform paste.
Cover the bowl with a dampened cloth and allow it to rest for 1 to 4 hours. For the fish, place the flaked codfish, thyme, parsley, scallion, chives, allspice, and chile in the bowl of a food processor and grind them together into a thick paste. Fold this paste into the acras batter.
Meanwhile, heat 2 inches of corn oil to 350 to 375 degrees F in a heavy cast-iron pot or deep fryer. Drop the acras into it by the teaspoonful. Fry until they are light brown, turning once. When done, remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Recipe courtesy of Jessica B. Harris, author Sky Juice and Flying Fish