Cod ‘à Zé do pipo’

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 1:20 h
  • Ready In : 1:40 h
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A recipe much appreciated in our country. Cod in the oven with mashed potato, topped with onion and mayonnaise and garnished with olives.

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  • 3 desalted cod steaks (about 800 grams / (1 3/4 pounds))
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Nutmeg (to taste)
  • 10 grams / (1/3 ounce) margarine
  • 150 ml / (1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons) mayonnaise
  • 1 kg / (2 1/4 pounds) potatoes
  • 1/2 liter milk
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Olives for garnish
  • 50 ml / (3 1/3 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf


    Step 1

    1. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into quarters. Place them in a saucepan with water seasoned with salt and bring to a boil over high heat. When starts boiling, reduce to medium heat and cook about 20 to 25 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and mash the potatoes with a potato masher or with a fork.

    Step 2

    1. In a saucepan, put the potatoes together with the lemon juice, pepper, nutmeg, margarine and 250 ml / (1 cup and 1 tablespoon) milk. Stir well with a wooden spoon and simmer over low heat until the puree starts bubbling, stirring occasionally. When starts boiling turn off the heat.

    Step 3

    1. Place the cod in a saucepan with the remaining milk. Heat over high heat and boil. When starts boiling, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. When the cod is cooked, drain it and remove the skin and bones. Reserve the cod cooking milk.

    Step 4

    1. Place the olive oil, the onions cut into round slices, chopped garlic and the bay leaf in a skillet and saute over low heat until the onion starts to turn golden brown. Then, pour the cod cooking milk and simmer about 5 minutes.

    Step 5

    1. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180ºC / (350ºF).

    Step 6

    1. Place the cod in the center of a rectangular baking dish and the puree around the cod. Cover the cod with a layer of onion and other of mayonnaise. Garnish with olives and bake about 20 minutes until gratin. Turn off the oven and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving (4 servings):

Calories: 737
Total Fat: 31 g(48%)
Saturated Fat: 6 g(29%)
Cholesterol: 130 mg(43%)
Sodium: 563 mg(23%)
Total Carbohydrate: 60.5 g(20%)
Protein: 55 g

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