One of Galicia’s most classic Christmas dishes is Cod with Cauliflower, traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, which is the biggest family reunion of the year. You might have encountered this dish during your Camino de Santiago trip but it is typically a December dish. Shellfish is also very traditional for Christmas Eve.
Here’s what you will need to add some Galician flavour to your Christmas Eve feast:
1 big coliflower
1 kg of salted cod
1 kg of potatoes
1/4 ltr of olive oil
2 garlic cloves – sliced
1 tablespoon of sweet smoked paprika
Preparation of the Cod with Cauliflower:
Chop the salted cod in rectangular pieces (roughly 10x15cm for example), make sure they are not too thick. You should leave the cod ‘desalting’ in water the day before (between 24 and 48 hours depending on how salty you’d like it) and change the water at least once every 12 hours.
Power boil the potatoes with the cauliflower and a pinch of salt (approximately for 20 minutes).
Drain the cod and add to the potatoes and cauliflower for the last 10 minutes until it’s cooked.
In a separate pan, you cook the the garlic in the olive oil. Once they are golden, take it out of the heat and add the paprika.
Take half a glass of the water from boiling the potatoes, cauliflower and cod and add to the mix.
Drain the fish and the vegetables and place in a serving dish. Drizzle the garlic/paprika/oil mix over the fish and vegetables.
Serve warm and enjoy the evening!