Salt Cod Dip

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
40 min
25 min

8 servings

  • 3/4 pound salt cod, preferably center-cut
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small sprigs thyme
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Crackers or crostini, for serving
  • Soak the cod in cold water in the refrigerator for 24 hours, changing the water 4 times.

  • Drain the cod. Put in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a bare simmer; drain, then repeat with fresh water. Drain again, then add the milk and cream to the pan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the fish is flaky, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the milk mixture, then drain and coarsely flake the fish.

  • Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Let cool slightly, then press through a ricer or a food mill. Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme and cloves in a small saucepan; cook over low heat, 5 minutes. Strain the flavored oil and set aside.

  • Put the cod, half of the flavored oil, the reserved milk mixture, the lemon juice and 1/2 cup hot water in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Add the potatoes and the remaining flavored oil and pulse to combine; season with pepper. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Serve warm with crackers.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos

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