How To Make Ackee and Saltfish with Fried Dumplings

Ackee and Salt fish

1 lb Boneless, skinless Bacalao fillets (salted codfish)

1 large tomato chopped

1 medium onion chopped

1 cherry pepper chopped

6 sprigs of thyme

3 scallion chopped

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp allspice

4 tsp vegetable oil

1 20 oz. can of Ackee

Rinse the bacalao fillets in warm water.  Boil the fillets in water for 10 minutes.  Pour off the water, fill the pot with fresh water and boil for another ten minutes.  This is important step to get rid of some of the salt in the bacalao.  Or you can simply soak the codfish overnight in a bowl of water.

Drain and rinse ackee and set aside.

Drain the water from the fish and flake with a fork.  Heat oil in pan, then add garlic, onions, tomatoes and thyme.  Sautee for about 10 minutes on a medium fire, until the tomatoes and onions are soft.  Add flaked bacalao, allspice and cherry pepper and cook for an additional 1o mins.  Add  ackee and stir being careful not to crush it.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until ackee is warmed and tender, remove from heat.   Sprinkle with scallion.  Serve warm.

Fried Dumpling*

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup self rising flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 half cup milk

Combine flours, and sugar in a bowl.  Add margarine and rub into flour until it resembles coarse cornmeal (you can use a fork or food processor or mixer also).  There shouldn’t be any big lumps of margarine.  Add milk to form a soft dough.  If you prefer a more dense dumpling, add less milk.

Divide dough into 12 even pieces, and form into flattened circles, about 1/2 inch in thickness.  Set aside and allow to sit for 15 mins.

In a sautee pan, add canola oil to about  1/2 inch deepness.  On a medium fire, heat oil.  Add dumplings, about 5 at a time ( adding too many at once will lower the temperature of the oil).  Cook for approximately 4 minutes per side.  Dumplings should be golden brown.  Remove from oil and set on a plate covered with paper towel.   Repeat until all the dumplings have been fried.  Serve warm.

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