Brandade with Crostini
Serve small cups of brandade -- a Provencal specialty of salt cod, potatoes, and cream -- with crostini; with single portions, the cardinal rule of eating ("no double-dipping") doesn't apply.
- Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004
For the brandade:
- 1 pound best-quality boneless salt cod
- 2 garlic bulbs
- 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large russet potato (about 12 ounces), peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Caperberries, stemmed and cut into small wedges, for garnish
For the crostini:
- 1 ficelle or other thin baguette, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt
Rinse cod under cold water. Transfer to a bowl; cover with cold water. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 to 12 hours.
Drain cod, and cover with fresh water. Cover; refrigerate 8 to 12 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off top of each bulb to expose cloves. Place on foil. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil; wrap. Roast until soft, about 45 minutes. Let cool.
Squeeze cloves from bulbs into a bowl, and discard skins.
Drain cod, and transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Drain cod, and let cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl; flake into small pieces with a fork. Let cool.
Cover potato with cold water by 2 inches in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain. When slightly cool, force through a ricer. Let cool completely.
Stir potato and garlic into cod. Stirring, pour in cream and 6 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Brush one side of each slice with oil, and season with salt. Bake until golden brown on edges, 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet. Garnish brandade with caperberries. Serve with crostini.