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Codfish and Ackee

1 lb Salted codfish; preferably boned
6 Bacon strips
1 tb Oil
1 Hot pepper; seeded and thinly sliced, preferably a Scotch bonnet
2 Scallions; chopped
1 md Tomato; diced
1 Onion; chopped
1 cn (19-oz.) ackees
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Green bell pepper; in strips, for garnish


Cover the codfish with cold water and soak for 30 to 40 minutes. This will help to remove the excess salt from the fish. Pour out the original water and add another quart of fresh water. Bring to a full boil and then drain. Remove any bones and skin and then flake the codfish.

Fry the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, drain well, and crumble. Set aside.

Reduce the heat under the skillet and add the oil, hot pepper, scallions, tomato, and onion. Cook until the onion is transparent, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the ackees and stir into the saute mixture along with the codfish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for approximately 5 minutes, or until all the flavors are blended. You will want to use a slotted spoon to remove the fish and ackees from the pan. Garnish each serving with the crumbled bacon and pepper strips. Serves 6.


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