Salt Cod Fritters
- 1 large russet potato, about 12 ounces, peeled and cubed (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 cup shredded salt cod (about 6 ounces), recipe below
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 1/4 teaspoons Essence or Creole seasoning, recipe follows
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
In a small saucepan, bring the potato and enough water to cover to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook just until fork tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
In a large, deep heavy pot or electric deep fryer, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the flour and 1 teaspoon of the Essence. In another bowl, beat together the remaining egg, the milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of the Essence, and in a third bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the remaining 2 teaspoons Essence.
Divide the cod mixture into 24 and form into balls, about 1 1/4-inches in diameter and 1 heaping tablespoon each.
One at a time, dip the cod balls in the flour and roll to coat evenly on all sides. Shake to remove any excess flour, dip in the egg wash, and then roll in the seasoned breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet.
In batches, gently add the balls to the oil and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Serve immediately.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
Published by William and Morrow, 1993.Salt Cod:
1 pound dried salt cod, cut into 4-inch pieces
Drain the fish in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Place the fish on a work surface covered with paper towels and press each piece firmly with your hands. Pat the fish dry with paper towels and return to the soaking dish. Cover with fresh water, soaking and draining a total of three more times (for a total of 4 times in all).
Place the rinsed and dried salt cod in an airtight container until ready to use, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Yield: 1 pound