Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Total:
49 hr 20 min
Active:
48 hr
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds baccala, soaked for 48 hours in 4 changes of water
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 Spanish onions, chopped in 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 salted anchovies, fillets removed and soaked in milk for 4 hours
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups milk, plus more, if necessary
  • 2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup
  • 1 recipe soft polenta, recipe follows
Soft Polenta:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup polenta or cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup stracchino, cut into cubes

Directions

Cut soaked baccala into 2-inch squares and check for any bones.

In a 12-inch frying pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onions, anchovies and cinnamon, and cook until onions are very soft but have not browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add baccala pieces, wine, and milk and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cook 1 hour, adding more milk if mixture becomes dry. Add chopped parsley, check for seasoning, and serve with soft polenta.

Soft Polenta:

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat water and salt until boiling. Drizzle in polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until all polenta is incorporated and mixture begins to thicken. Switch to a wooden spoon, pull off heat, and continue to stir until thick as paste.

Stir in the cheese and continue to stir until it is melted and incorporated.

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