Do you really know some special cuisines of traditional Canadian foods? Fish and Brewis (pronounced “brews”) is a traditional dish from the Canadian provinces Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canada East coast traditional meal consisting of codfish and hard bread.
The meal is served with scrunchions
, salted pork fat which has been cut into small pieces and fried. Both the rendered fat and the liquid fat are then drizzled over the fish and hard bread.
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 vegetables.
Makes 4 servings
- 4 cakes hard bread, broken in pieces
- 1 lb salt cod, pieces or boned
- 6 slices salt pork (3”L x ¼ “ thick)
- 1 med onion, finely chopped
- 6片腌猪肉 (3英寸长 x ¼英寸厚)
In two separate containers, soak salt fish and hard bread in cold water for approx 6-8 hours or overnight. In the morning drain and replace both with cold water.
For the fish; bring to a slow boil and let simmer for approx 20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Skin, bone and flake fish – set-aside.
For the hard bread; in a saucepan, place hard bread and cover with enough water. Bring to a slow boil and simmer for approx 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Squeeze out excess water from the hard bread and mix in flaked fish. Blend well.
In a skillet, low heat, fry salt pork until all fat is extracted. Remove rendered pork. Add onions and cook until golden brown. Spoon fat and onions over fish and brewis. Garnish with scrunchions (rendered salt pork). This meal is excellent with a cup of good steeped tea and fresh homemade bread with molasses.
- Drawn butter can be used instead of scrunchions and onions
- Onion gives a more favorable taste to pork fat
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