Spicy Salt Cod Cakes with Chorizo and Stewed Fava Beans

4 servings
  • 6 ounces salt cod
  • 2 quarts milk
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 1/4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh fava beans, blanched and peeled
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 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 leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Two days before serving, soak the cod in 1 quart of milk in a covered bowl, refrigerated, for 24 hours. The next day, discard the milk and rinse the cod well under cold water. Replace the cod in the a fresh quart of milk and refrigerate for another 24 hours.

  • Remove the fish and rinse under cold water. Julienne the fish and set aside. In a saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add 1/4 cup of onions, bell peppers, and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup tomatoes, cilantro, 1/4 cup parsley, and 1 tablespoon garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Season with crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Add the cod and saute for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and turn into a mixing bowl. Stir in the eggs and bread crumbs. Form the filling into 4 cakes, 1/2 cup per cake. Season the flour with Essence. Dredge the cakes in the seasoned flour and set aside. In a saute pan, render the chorizo for 3 minutes. Add the fava beans, remaining onions, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the white wine and chicken stock. Simmer for 2 minutes. In a saute pan, heat the remaining olive oil. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the cakes for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the cakes from the pan and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with Essence.

  • To assemble, Spoon the stewed fava beans in the center of a plate. Lay the salt cod cake on top of the fava beans. Garnish with parsley.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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