Fish and Brewis with Scruncheons

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A traditional dish from the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. Definitely not for anyone on a low fat or low sodium diet. Delicious as all get-out! Accompany with boiled lemony peas or your favourite steamed vegetable.

2
2
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 hard bread cakes, such as Purity®, split horizontally

  • 1 pound salt cod steaks, skinned and cut into 1/2-inch strips

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ pound fatback, diced

Directions

  1. Place hard bread into a pot. Cover bread with several inches of cool water, place a lid on the pot, and soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Rinse salt cod under running cool water; place into a pot. Cover fish with several inches of cold water, place a lid on the pot, and soak in the refrigerator 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Add salt to soaked bread and bring just to a simmer over medium-low heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Drain immediately; cover to keep warm.

  4. Drain fish and cover with fresh water; bring to a boil. Cook until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain fish; remove any bones. Stir fish into prepared hard bread.

  5. Cook and stir fatback in a frying pan over medium heat until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Pour fatback and drippings over fish and bread mixture. Stir gently just to combine; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Diced bacon or pancetta can be substituted for the fatback.

If you are using fresh fish: Pour the cooked fatback or bacon or pancetta with drippings over the uncooked fish in a 2 quart (2L) baking dish; bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, about 15 minutes. Any fresh 'white' fish can be used in this manner although cod is preferable. Remove any bones before combining with the prepared hard bread.

I like to serve this with 2 cups (500ml) boiled frozen peas, to which I add 1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice after cooking and draining.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

930 Calories
53g Fat
31g Carbs
77g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 930
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 205mg 68%
Sodium 8763mg 381%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 77g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 183mg 14%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 1744mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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