Codfish Cakes, or pasteis de bacalhau if you're Portuguese, are this week's recipe winner. Thanks to Lucy Duarte who sent in her recipe.  She's also the winner of a $25.00 gift card to Amaral's Market on Belleville Ave in New Bedford.

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1 pound salt cod
4 medium potatoes (approx.1 lb.), peeled and cubed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 large eggs
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
Canola Oil

Ahead of time: Desalt the cod by soaking for at least 24 hours and changing the water several times.

Boil cod until cooked. Flake and shred the cod with your hands after removing skin and bones.

Boil the potatoes until they become tender. Drain the potatoes and place in a bowl. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the flaked cod, eggs, onion and parsley to the mashed potatoes and blend well with a wooden spoon. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. You may or may not need to add the salt depending on how salty the cod still is. With a soup spoon, scoop up a heaping spoon of the cod / potato mixture and form into the shape of an egg with hands.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a frying pan. When oil is ready, fry the cod fish cakes until they are a golden brown, turning them a few times to ensure that they fry all over. Remove the codfish cakes with a slotted spoon or tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the oil. Serve at room temperature or cold.

And don't forget! The best place to get Salt Cod is Amaral's Market in New Bedford!