Pavía de bacalao

A wonder of Sevillian Lent

Seville has a great tradition in terms of fish and especially fried or battered fish.  Our codfish paellas (the most traditional, although there are also hake versions) are a testament to the magnificent good work done by the Sevillian kitchen professionals. Simple and tasty, the pavía is always a palatable tapa and one of the thousand ways to prepare the appreciated and tasty code with a crisp and light golden coating with a soft palate.

Pavía de  bacalao

Ingredients

600 gr salted and skinned cod, strips
150 ml olive oil
200 grs flour
150 ml blonde beer, very cold
A pinch of saffron or colouring
3 eggs
4 cloves garlic, very chopped
Salt
Ground black pepper
A pinch of baking powder
Oil for frying (sunflower oil)
A small bunch of chopped parsley
A small glass of lemon juice

Elaboration

Soak the cod for at least 24 hours, changing the water several times.
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Cut into medium strips (when finished with the batter, the pavía will be about 15 cm long and 5 cm wide).
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Marinate for a couple of hours in a bowl with lemon, olive oil, parsley, garlic and pepper.
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In another bowl, prepare the batter.  Stir together eggs, flour, salt, very cold beer and saffron (previously unrolled in a little warm water) or colouring.  Beat.  it should not be too liquid or too thick.
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Batter the cod strips well and fry in very hot oil (sunflower), taking care of the shape with a slotted spoon.  Drain on kitchen paper and serve.
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Present with bread crusts or similar and – a suggestion – slices of lettuce or tomato and/or a little mayonnaise or alioli on one end of the plate.

Interesting restaurants

Restaurante La Moneda

C/ Almirantazgo, 4 954 22 36 42 www ver mapa

Baco Cuna

C/ Cuna, 2 954 21 11 07 www ver mapa

Bar Donaire Azabache

C/ Santo Tomás, 11 954 22 47 02 www ver mapa

Bar Manolo

C/ Alfalfa, 3 954 21 41 76 ver mapa

Blanco Cerrillo

C/ José de Velilla, 1 954 35 10 08 ver mapa

Casa Antonio los Caracoles

C/ Perez Galdós, 13 954 21 31 72 ver mapa

Casa Cuesta

C/ Castilla, 1 954 333 335 www ver mapa

El Bacalao

C/ Tarifa,9 954 22 83 55 www ver mapa

El Rinconcillo

C/ Gerona, 40 C/Albóndiga, 2 954 223 183 www ver mapa

Freiduría El Arenal

C/ Arfe, 8 954 22 20 18 ver mapa

Freiduría La Isla

C/ García de Vinuesa, 13 954 22 83 55 ver mapa

La Primera del Puente

C/ Betis, 66 954 27 69 18 www ver mapa