Try this lovely Portuguese snack where salted cod is dressed in puff pastry. The recipe comes from our friends at restaurant Sociedade in Parede, near Lisbon.

Serves 4


2 shredded cod,  Terra do Bacalhau
2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, sliced
1 dl cream
Salt, to taste
Nutmeg, to taste
Cilantro, chopped, to taste
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp flour
4 sheets of puff pastry
Eggs, beaten, to brush
Cheese, grated, to taste
Pink pepper, to decorate
Chives, chopped, to decorate

How to

  • Soak the codfish according to instruction. At the end of the soaking time you could taste some fibers from the cod. It should have a mild and pleasant salt taste. If it is too salty, then it needs to soak more.
  • Braise the garlic and onion in olive oil on medium-low heat while stirring occationally until they soften slightly.
  • Stir in the codfish and cook for 1 minute, then add the cream, salt if necessary, pepper and nutmeg. Sprinkle the cilantro.

  • Add milk and flour and stir until the sauce become thick and even.
  • Pre-heat the oven for 190°C
  • Cut a rectangle from the center of the sheet of puff pastry and place over a whole sheet. Repeat the process for the other sheets. Bake for a few minutes until the dough flakes and set aside.
  • Distribute the cod filling in the middle of each puff pastry, brush the edges with beaten egg and sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
  • Bring the pastry to the oven, and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Serve the puff pastrys decorated with pink pepper and chopped chives and preferably with a salad on the side.


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