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Seafood, Side or Appetizer

Salt Cod Accras

Accras (also known as Achras, Akkras, and Achrats) are a very common appetizer today throughout the Caribbean. A simple ‘peasant food’, it is very likely that similar dishes were made on pirate and navy ships, as well as in any port.

Makes:15-18 Accras

Dough:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flower
  • ½ cup water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients. You may need to add a little milk or water to mix in the powder. Be careful here, you want the dough to be fairly thick.
  2. Give the dough 1-2 hours resting time before making the Accras.

Filling:

  • ½ lb. Salt Cod (Look for it in ethnic shops. The stuff in jars is better then the stuff in bags)
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 T parsley
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • ½ t coriander
  • Salt, Black Pepper, & chili pepper/sauce to taste

Directions:

  1. Thoroughly shred cod. Pound with a meat tenderizer if you feel like it.
  2. Add rest of ingredients. Mix until well distributed. Break up any clumps.
  3. Add salt, pepper, and chili pepper to taste.
  4. Add fish mixture to dough. Mix until even.
  5. Heat a pot of vegetable oil to 370 degrees. Drop heaping tablespoons of Accras mixture in until brown.
  6. Remove from oil and spread on paper towels on a cookie sheet. You may keep these in the oven on low until all are done.
  7. Serve hot. Traditionally with hot sauce like Sauce Chien, though a more oriental flavor can be had by using Thai Sweet-Hot sauce or even Thai Peanut Sauce.

Variations:

  • While Salt Cod is commonly used, feel free to use any non-fatty fish (cod, smelt, flounder, whiting, or even tuna) or shellfish (crab, clam, shrimp, conch). You will likely have to add some salt into the recipe for these.
  • Also, I find a little ground ginger to be excellent in these.
  • For a unique twist, remove all the spices and fish, and make the dough with bananas, pie pumpkin, or yam!
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