Brandade Smoked Black Cod

Total Time:
24 hr 30 min
Prep:
24 hr
Cook:
30 min

Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces smoked black cod
  • Milk
  • 11 ounces peeled baking potatoes, like russets
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Hot pepper sauce, sea salt, and white pepper
  • Lightly Puckled Cucumber and Caviar
  • 1 Japanese cucumber (long English will do)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Splash white wine vinegar
  • Pinch sugar
  • Caviar, for garnish
  • Dill sprigs, for garnish
Directions

Soak the cod in the milk for 24 hours to remove excess salt. Poach cod in fresh milk for 6 minutes. Cook potatoes until tender in salted water, drain and cool. In a small saucepan cook garlic and cream over medium heat until tender 8 to 10 minutes and cool. In a food processor pulse the 1/4 of the garlic, potato and cod at a time. Remove the mixture and repeat. Fold the olive oil in by hand. Adjust the seasoning. Brandade should be light and fluffy.

Slice the cucumber as thin as possible but retaining a full green ring. Sprinkle with salt and let stand an hour. Drain the cucumbers and season with vinegar and sugar. In a few minutes, once the sugar dissolves, the cucumbers are ready to serve.

Serve a heaping spoonful of Smoked Cod Brandade with your favorite melba or toast point. Garnish with pickled cucumbers, caviar and a sprig of dill.


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