Bacalaitos (salt codfish fritters)

Yield: 60 Fritters

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Codfish, salt
2 cups Flour, all-purpose
2 teaspoons Baking powder
1 large Garlic cloves; crushed
1 cup Water
1 tablespoon Annatto oil
\N \N Oil, vegetable; for frying

Soak the codfish in cold water for 2 hours or longer, according the the saltiness and hardness of the fish. Drain, rinse and place in a small saucepan. Pour boiling water over the fish and allow to stand 5 minutes. Drain. Remove any bones and skin and shred the fish.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the garlic, water and annatto oil and mix to a smooth batter. Add the shredded fish and mix well. Heat oil to 370F in a deep fryer or large, heavy saucepan. Fry the the mixture by teaspoonfuls until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels, keep warm and serve hot as hors-d'aeuvres.

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