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Codfish Fritters - (Bacalaitos)

1/2 pound salted cod -- soaked overnight in 3 cups milk
4 1/2 cups water
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 small onion -- cut 1/2" dice
1 small sweet red pepper -- cut 1/2" dice
2 garlic cloves -- crushed
1/2 bunch cilantro -- chopped
Oil -- for frying

Drain salted cod. Boil fish in 3 cups of the water and the milk until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove cooked fish from liquid, shred and set aside to cool.

Make a batter with the flour, baking powder and remaining water. Add cod, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro. Deep fry spoonfuls of the batter in oil heated to 350 degrees until golden.

This recipe yields 30 fritters.

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