Salted codfish is known as a food in most of the Caribbean, probably brought by sailors who used this method of preservation to transport fish from across the ocean, making it popular across the Caribbean islands.
Back in the days when the Catholic church mandated its followers to abstain from meat on Fridays this dish was almost the official dish of abstention days, later on it was popular during lent and it has now simply become part of our everyday cuisine.
Bacalao a la Criolla is an example of how exotic ingredients ended up being very common elements of Dominican cuisine. This is the traditional Friday dish during lent in our country.
- 2 lbs of salted dried codfish
- 1 lb. of potatoes.
- 2 green bell peppers, diced into cubes
- 1/4 cup of seeded olives, sliced
- 1 small red onion, cut into thin slices
- 4 plum tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup of tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
- Soak the codfish in abundant water overnight, or at least two hours.
- Boil the codfish and potatoes in half a gallon of water till tender.
- Flake the codfish and peel and dice the potatoes, reserve.
- In a pot heat the oil over medium heat.
- Cook and stir the onion, olives, pepper, tomatoes, and garlic until the onions become transparent.
- Add 1 cup of water and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes.
- Add the codfish and tomato sauce, stir.
- Add 1 cup of water and the potatoes, simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Serve with with moro de habichuelas or rice of your choice.