|Salted cod desalinating in water.|
“Baccalà” is Italian for salt cod. Baccalà is a popular fish, especially with Italians from Calabria. In Rome, baccalà alla romana is a dish of deep-fried, battered salt-cod which is traditionally served on Christmas Eve. Baccalà dishes require that the cod be desalinated by soaking and rinsing several times to remove excess saltiness. We bought the salt cod at DeKalb Farmer’s Market and soaked/rinsed it the week before Christmas.
1 package desalinated salt cod
1 ½ cups buttermilk
flour for dredging
vegetable oil for frying