Noche Buena Bacalao a la Vizcaína with Potatoes, Nopales and Mole

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 8 servings
My favorite part of Bacalao a la Vizcaína is the leftover tortas that I prepare with it the day after! My advice: overestimate how much you cook for Noche Buena; people will definitely go for seconds and thirds.

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If you want to make a delicious and traditional Mexican dish this Christmas, then this recipe is for you. I promise you that this bacalao a la Vizcaína is one of the most delicious cod dishes you will ever try, and I can say this with confidence because my family has made this recipe for generations. I paired it with a side of potatoes, cactus and mole because I use any excuse to cook with nopales (cactus pads).

It may seem like a lot of potatoes since the cod also has potatoes, but the tastes are completely different, and you'll be grateful when it's time for leftovers. To me, bacalao is as Mexican as it gets, but like many traditional Mexican recipes, it originated from the Basque region of Spain and was adapted to Mexican cuisine. Our version has more ingredients.

To make this dish you'll need a large caldero (casserole), and this IMUSA caldero is perfect for the job. I used the larger size because I was making bacalao for a large gathering; it's a good quality, versatile product that's incredibly non-stick and durable. The tradition in Mexico is for the cod to never leave the caldero, so you can keep reheating its leftovers as you reheat, and reheat.

The cod tastes even better the day after, and the day after that. Honestly, you could prepare the recipe the day before your Noche Buena dinner; that way, you won't have to do as much work on the holiday and it tastes even better. Everyone wins!

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Bacalao a la Vizcaína
  1. Soak the cod fish the night before in 4 cups of milk to remove excess salt. Change the milk 2 times. Leave soaking overnight in water.
  2. Drain the fish. Shred into pieces and remove any thorns that you run into while shredding with your hands; there should not be too many.
  3. Add the olive oil to a big and deep casserole over medium heat.
  4. Cook the garlic and onion in the oil, and as soon as they become transparent add the tomatoes, puree, and red peppers, and cook about 30 minutes until the sauce is thick. Add the parsley and wine, cover, lower heat, and let simmer for 30 minutes more.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste, olives, almonds, pine nuts, capers, potatoes cut into quarters, and pieces of cod.
  6. Cook covered for 1 hour. (You can start to prepare your mole at this point!)
  7. Add the pickled jalapeños. Serve and garnish with strips of canned red bell pepper.
  8. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the plate and enjoy.
Potatoes, cactus and mole
  1. Place the potatoes in a deep pot, fill with water until the potatoes are covered, and cook over medium-high heat for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Allow potatoes to cool.
  3. Place the cashews in a food processor and pulse until the cashews have been reduced to smaller pieces, but not quite powdered.
  4. Cook the nopales with the clove of garlic, in the chicken broth, over medium heat until tender.
  5. Mix in the mole paste. Boil for 3 or 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and the nopales that you previously cooked, reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes. Add the cashews last.
  6. Enjoy with the bacalao. ¡Felices fiestas!
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