Brandade-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

16 to 20

You will need to soak the cod for a full day, so plan ahead. Piquillo peppers, spicy-sweet red peppers from northern Spain that have been roasted and peeled, can be found in specialty-food stores and some supermarkets.


  • 1 pound salt cod

  • 1 small onion, halved

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 16 to 20 whole drained roasted canned or jarred piquillo peppers (about 1/2 ounce each)

  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced


  1. Rinse cod under cold water. Place in a large bowl, and cover with cold water. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 24 hours, changing water every 8 hours.

  2. Drain cod. Transfer to a medium saucepan, and cover with water. Add onion and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add potato, and cook until cod is easily flaked with a fork and potato is tender, about 20 minutes more. Drain well; discard onion and bay leaves.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put cod, potato, 6 tablespoons oil, and the cream into a medium bowl. Mash together with a fork until mixture forms a chunky puree; season with salt and pepper. Cod mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 days.

  4. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler, and fill each pepper. Transfer to a baking dish large enough to hold peppers in a single layer. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and sprinkle with garlic slices. Cover with foil, and bake until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately, drizzled with oil if desired.

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