Holiday Memories and Recipes

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As the holidays are approaching I am reminded of my Italian grandmother and her sisters who always did all the cooking, and in later years my Aunt Mary took over…I couldn’t wait to dig in to those wonderful recipes handed down from generation to generation. They were never written down but handed down by actually cooking with the older women of the family. It was always a little bit of this and a little bit of that added to a dish. No ingredient was ever measured. (except maybe in baking) I have often wondered why they never wrote those recipes down…nonetheless I still have a few in my head. Maybe I should write them down. 🙂

Trying to remember some of the recipes that would pair well with my Unoaked Chardonnay I recalled the Fried Baccala Patties. This was not the traditional Baccala dish, although Grandma made that one too for the Christmas Holidays. This was something made up ahead of time and ate whenever anyone came to visit.

So I thought I would share this recipe with you – remember, there’s no ingredient amounts…you can do it…I have confidence in you…

Ingredients you will need:

Salted Cod Fish
eggs
dried breadcrumbs
parmesan cheese (dried)
salt
pepper
parsley (fresh and chopped)
olive oil

Soak the cod fish in water for a few days in the fridge – changing the water a couple times a day
Drain water and squeeze water from fish – grind fish with meat grinder
Add your eggs (usually one per pound), breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, parsley
Make into patties about one to one and half inches thick
Fill frying pan with olive oil so that the patties are half-covered
Fry on both sides til golden brown – drain on paper towels

These make a wonderful seafood patty – hopefully you will enjoy them with your favorite white wine…I am thinking Passaggio Unoaked Chard for mine…

Oh, and by the way, Grandma always sat at the head of the table…

Cheers,

Passaggio Wines

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