Baccala Mantecato alla Veneziana served as an appetizer on Polenta Crostini
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Baccala Mantecato alla Veneziana

This is a special way to prepare salt cod. It is creamed with olive oil, garlic and a little cream. It's a special dish that is usually served during the Christmas season in Northern Italy and it is wonderful with polenta crostini.
Prep Time1 d 2 hrs
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas dish, Seven fishes
Servings: 10
Calories: 213
Author: Marisa Franca


  • 1 pound dried salt cod
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 cup extra Virgin olive oil { you may need more}
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • Prepare the codfish by soaking in a pan filled with cold water and changing the water every few hours. Do this for at least 24 hours - it may take longer depending how dried the cod is. Cut the cod into pieces and place in a pan and cover again with cold water and add the bay leaves and 1/2 cup cream.
  • Cover and bring to a boil with the lid slightly ajar. Cook at a steady boil for 20 minutes skimming any foam that comes to the top.
  • Once the cod is soft but still holds it shape remove from the water. Discard the bay leaves.
  • If the cod has skin and bones, now is the time remove them. Cut the cod into small pieces and put in a mixing bowl with the paddle or if you have an immersion had blender use it.*
  • Add the garlic and start the electric mixer at low speed to break up the fish. At medium speed start adding the olive oil. Keep mixing and add the remaining 1/4 cup cream.
  • You may need extra olive oil depending on the cod. The baccala should be a light color and have a whipped, mousse-like texture.
  • Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Salt if required. Garnish with Italian parsley.
  • Serve on grilled slices of polenta, fresh slices of baguette, crostini, crudites, or crackers.


  • *The immersion blender works like a charm. It breaks up the baccala and easily blends in the olive oil, garlic and cream.


Calories: 213kcal | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 3194mg | Potassium: 678mg | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1.1mg