Salted codfish pate on toast (or polenta)
This is delicious and easy to prepare, great to spread on toast, but also to use as a pasta sauce
8 slices bakery bread
450g salted codfish, deboned and rehydrated
1 stalk of celery
1 small onion
a handful of parsley
extra virgin olive oil
half a glass of white wine
Roughly chop the carrot, celery and onion then put them in a pot, together with a stalk of parsley and a few grains of pepper, the half glass of wine and enough water to cover the fish.
Bring the vegetables to a boil first, then add the fish. Cook for 7-8 minutes. Drain the fish, saving the cooking water and, while still warm, put the fish into the blender together with a handful of chopped parsley and peeled garlic cloves (to taste). Blend together while adding a thread of extra virgin olive oil, in this manner you will have a light, fluffy pate. If it is still not soft enough, add a bit of the cooking water.
Toast the bread and spread the pate on top, add a dusting of white pepper and some finely chopped fresh parsley. A delicious variant is to substitute the toast with grilled polenta squares.