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Alaskan Cod Brandade With Warm Citrus Olives

by Nikolai Nikitenko June 22, 2016

Alaskan Cod Brandade With Warm Citrus Olives


This variation on classic brandade is made with a 24-hour salted fresh cod preparation. If you like your brandade chunky, then set aside a third of the cooked potatoes and mash them in at the end. For a richer version add 2 tablespoons of cream.


Brandade can be served either cold or warmed, but do warm the olives. They can be heated together in a 400-degree oven for service. Accompany with grilled rustic bread.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups (30 ounces wt.), about 6 appetizer portions



3/4 pound PACIFIC COD FILLETS, cut into thick, 2-ounce slices

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons cracked black pepper


3 cups whole milk

2 bay leaves

1 allspice berry, crushed

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

1/2 cup diced white onion

2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic


1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks (about 14 ounces, 2 1/2 cups)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Sprinkle cod with salt and pepper. Place in a perforated pan or colander and let sit, refrigerate covered, for 24 hours.

Combine milk, bay leaves, allspice, thyme, onion, and garlic in a saucepan, and heat to a low simmer; do not boil. Add cod and poach until very tender, about 4 to 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cod to a sheet pan. Remove any bones. (Keep milk mixture hot as you will cook the potatoes in it.)

Bring milk back to a simmer and add potatoes. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in a fine strainer, keeping garlic and onion with potatoes. Discard bay leaves. (Reserve some of the cooking liquid to add later.)

While potatoes are still hot, place them in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Add cod, and mix on medium-high speed. Drizzle in olive oil. If you desire a more moist brandade, add a little of the reserved cooking liquid. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve either hot or cold. If heating, place about 4-5 ounces of the brandade in a ramekin or heat-proof serving dish and bake in a 400-degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through.


Warm Citrus Olives

Makes about 3 cups

1 tablespoon minced orange zest

1 tablespoon minced lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

3 cups (about 1 lb) mixed imported olives, such as Castelvetrano , Kalamata and other imported olives

Mix all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate. Marinate for at least 24 hours before serving.

For service: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place 1/2 cup olive mixture in an ovenproof skillet or ramekin. Bake the olives for about 10 to 12 minutes or until hot.

Nikolai Nikitenko
Nikolai Nikitenko


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