I went to the supermarket this week and must admit that it is one of my favorite places in the world. I just love any place where good food is displayed in such abundance. I saw these beautiful cod fish fillets and couldn’t resist, so I bought one pound of them. I came home and realized that I had no idea what to do with this fish. It was a difficult decision but I thought Mamita’s Albóndigas de Pescado were the perfect recipe. Enjoy!
(10 to 12 fish balls)
1 pound codfish or other white fish
Salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon milk
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup oil for frying
1. Place 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon oil, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 10 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a medium pot place the fish, 2 cups water, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cook about 8-10 minutes.
3. Place the fish in a large bowl and let it cool. Break the fish into small pieces and toss with the bread crumbs, milk and 2 eggs. Add the cooked mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Shape into small balls.
4. Place the flour in a plate and the beaten egg in shallow dish. First coat the fish balls with egg and then with the flour.
5. Heat the oil for frying over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the fish balls and fry for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with lime and your favorite sauce on the side.