Salt Cod Balls: Polpette di Baccala (Mario Batali) Recipe

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  1. Soak the salt cod, immersed in cool water and covered well, overnight in the refrigerator. Change the water 4 times at 3-hour intervals during day hours.
  2. Drain the salt cod and pat it dry, pressing upon the flesh to squeeze out any excess water. Clean thoroughly, removing any skin and bones.
  3. Chop the salt cod into 1/4-inch cubes and put it into a bowl with the eggs, currants, pine nuts, bread crumbs and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well to combine.
  4. Using your hands, form the mixture into little round shapes. Coat each shape with the flour, and set aside to rest.
  5. Fill a deep pot no more than halfway with extra-virgin olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of 360 to 365 degrees F. The oil should remain at or around this temperature throughout the cooking process. Working in batches of 6, fry the cod balls until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon or spider to gently drop the balls into the water, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Using the same spoon or spider, remove the finished balls to drain on paper towels.
  6. Combine onions, lemon juice, chili flakes and mint. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve immediately garnished with the lemon.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 5417.78 Kcal (22683 kJ)
Calories from fat 2284.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 253.87g 391%
Cholesterol 372mg 124%
Sodium 4531.54mg 189%
Potassium 1368.32mg 29%
Total Carbs 710.88g 237%
Sugars 26.01g 104%
Dietary Fiber 51.83g 207%
Protein 99.56g 199%
Vitamin C 872mg 1453%
Vitamin A 0.7mg 25%
Iron 99.9mg 555%
Calcium 429.4mg 43%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 330.2 Kcal (1382 kJ)
Calories from fat 139.25 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.47g 391%
Cholesterol 22.67mg 124%
Sodium 276.19mg 189%
Potassium 83.4mg 29%
Total Carbs 43.33g 237%
Sugars 1.59g 104%
Dietary Fiber 3.16g 207%
Protein 6.07g 199%
Vitamin C 53.1mg 1453%
Iron 6.1mg 555%
Calcium 26.2mg 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 128.7
  • 147

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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