Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

Pasteis de Bacalao (Brazilian Salted Codfish Savories)

A popular Street food in Brazil, pasteis have a pleasant texture as the Caçhaca bubbles when fried.  Hearts of Palm can be substituted for the codfish to make pasteis de palmito.

2 lb. Dried Codfish

Water, as needed

2 T. finely minced Parsley

2 T. Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper, to taste

2 C. Flour

½ T. Salt

2 tsp. Sugar

2 T. Caçhaca

½ C. Water

Oil for Frying

Reconstitute the dried codfish in water for 12 hours, changing the water once. 2. Cover the codfish with water in a large Dutch oven and bring the water to a boil, then cook the codfish for one minute. Remove from the heat and cool. 3. Shred the codfish, removing any bones, and place in a large non-reactive bowl. Toss with olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper. 4. For the pasteis dough: sift the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the middle. Add salt, sugar, and cachaça to the well and stir with a fork to work the ingredients into the dough, slowly adding water. Knead the dough until smooth and pliable and rest for 15 minutes. 5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut out rectangles, 4 inches wide by 6 inches long. 6. Divide the filling into 8 equal portions and arrange on one side of the dough. Wet the edges with water, fold the dough and press down with a fork to seal. Place the pasties on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap until ready to fry. 7. Heat the oil in a fryer or in a large, shallow pot to 350°F and fry the pasteis until light brown and crispy on all sides. e 8. Serve immediately.

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