I lived in France with my family for a few years while the war was raging in Lebanon and these circumstances allowed us all to become very well acquainted with French food: This dish comes from the south of France and is called a brandade; I was never crazy about it because it uses salt cod; the definition (according to Wikipedia) is an emulsion of salt cod and olive oil. It is eaten with bread and potatoes.
This brandade is a twist on the traditional because of the use of sweet potatoes (not regular potatoes) and wild cod fillets instead of the usual salt cod. The potato purée is simmered a bit in coconut milk and flavored with lime rind and some sumac then it is mixed in with the fish.
A homey dish, but good nevertheless.
INGREDIENTS: 6 servings
- 1 pound of cod fillets (or any other fish of your choice)
- 1 pound of potatoes, any of your choice
- 1 can of coconut milk (or 2 cups of regular milk or milk of your choice)
- 3 Tablespoons of butter
- A drizzle of olive oil
- salt, a pinch of sumac, lime or lemon or orange rind of one fruit
- a few cilantro leaves, minced
- 1 cup of yogurt or sour cream
- Place the fish fillets in a large saucepan, pour one cup of coconut milk and one cup of water and poach for 15 minutes until the fish flakes easily and is cooked. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook the potatoes (or steam) until soft; place the potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks in a large pot, add one cup of coconut milk, the rind of a lime, salt, a pinch of sumac and three tablespoons of butter and mash the mixture until soft.
- Add the fish fillets to the purée and mash with an immersion blender or a meat mallet. Season the mixture with some fresh cilantro or other fresh herbs of your choice. Serve with yogurt or sour cream on the side or mixed in with the potatoes and cod, with a drizzle of olive oil if desired.