Sunday, April 23, 2017

Slow Cooked and Then Baked Taquitos

Salted Pollock Baked Taquitos
By the time you read this post we will be in Oregon, where we spend our summers. We stay in a small coastal town with local farm stands, a volunteer run public library, a few coffee shops and lots of fun and colorful people. About a month ago I was contacted by a representative of CFE, (Canadian Fish Exporters, Inc) to participate in their International Saltfish Blogger Recipe Challenge. I happily accepted. You can read about the contest here. There are 2 parts of the contest, one for an appetizer and the other a main dish. I received salted Pollock as an ingredient and since I had never cooked with it before I had to do a little research, you can read about that here. I first submitted Pollock croquettes as an appetizer.

Bacala Rico D=Salted Fish


Today’s post is all about the main dish, baked flautas. After soaking and rinsing the fish for 3 days to remove the salt and refresh the pollock I decided to cook it on low heat in the slow cooker with canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin and onion powder for 4 hours. I removed the fish from the crock pot and it literally fell apart. I then rolled the pollock in the corn tortillas and brushed them with olive oil. They baked about 15 to 20 minutes. I served them topped with homemade guacamole, tomatoes and green onion. They were delicious. Many times they are deep fried but I prefer this method.

Side note: When made with corn tortillas they are called taquitos and when made with flour tortillas they are called flautas.

Ingredients:


12 ounces Bacala Rico choice boned salted pollock fillets
14.5 ounce cans whole tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon onion powder
12 corn tortillas
2 avocados
2 stalks green onion, sliced thinly
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut into fourths
2 limes

To prepare:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.


Over a lit flame on medium heat place tortilla on the burner a minute or so on each side. The heat will help soften the tortillas so they are easier to roll.

Add a large tablespoon of shredded fish to each prepped tortilla and roll up placing seam side down.

Preparing the taquitos

Brush the top of the taquitos lightly with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before topping with guacamole, tomatoes and scallions.


CFE International offers a number of brands of salt fish: Buena Ventura, Cristobal, BacalaRico, and Isla Brisa. You can find BacalaRico pollock at the Los Altos Ranch Markets here in Arizona.

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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

43 comments:

  1. They look so delicious! I have never seen salted fish fillets over here, but I guess any fish fillet would work too?

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    1. Hi Angie, I really don't know because the salted fish has a differnt texture, will have to try with fresh fish. Take care!

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  2. Hi Cheri, this dish look unique and awesome. I love tortillas too but we don't have this type of fish fillets in our country.

    Best regards,
    Amelia

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    1. Thanks Amelia, this was the 3rd time I cooked with salted fish and it really is delicious.

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  3. Mmm ... delicious! Surprisingly, I've never cooked with pollock before :) This recipe looks great!

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    1. Thanks Beth, it really was good. Hope you are having a great week.

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  4. Looks so delicious Cheri, I've eaten pollack but never made it, it looks like a mild white fish like cod. Fish taco's are one of my favorites.

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    1. They are mine too Suzanne, I can eat some type of fish almost every night.

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  5. Your fish taquitos look fantabulous...and sooo healthy!

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    1. Thanks Kim, we enjoyed these very much. Take care!

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  6. I never had pollack as far as I rember but your fish taquitos look delicious. Have fun in Oregon.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, still unpacking and when the weather dries up I need to get my garden going as soon as possible;)

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  7. Cheri: I hope you had a safe trip north. Your flautas look delicious. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, still unpacking, can't wait to pick up our first fish.

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  8. I don't think I've seen salted fish before! I love your idea of making them into taquitos. They look so good! Have a safe trip to Oregon :)

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    1. Thanks Susan, fairly new to me. My husband grew up eating salted fish, they always ate a dish called bacala for the holidays.

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  9. I've always wanted to try making these and love your baked method. I'm with Susan and have never seen salted fish before. How very interesting! Hope you're enjoying your relocation to your second home! Can't wait to see your amazing photos of the gorgeous coast.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, no matter how organized I think I am there always seems to be some type of hiccup. but this too will pass.

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  10. I know it's the season in seasons when you make your move. Have a wonderful summer in Oregon. Hope it is relaxing and full of food adventures. : ) I love learning the difference between flautas and taquitos! I've been baking them recently and they are so good. : )

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    1. haha! yes when the weather hits the nineties in Phoenix we start making our move.

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  11. How scrumptious!! The salted pollack would be new to me, but your recipe sounds like a terrific place to start!

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  12. I love salted fish as we used to eat very often, looks delicious...thanks for the recipe Cheri.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, this is the 3rd time I've cooked with salted fish, really enjoyed it cooked this way.

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  13. They look delicious, Cheri! I've had pollock but have never cooked salted fish. It sounds great for your taquitos, they look delicious! I've never made taquitos either, our older son especially, would love them! Thanks for the recipe!
    Hope you have a fabulous summer in Oregon, that would be great! Take care

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    1. Hi Pam, these really were pretty easy to put together, hope you get the chance to enjoy them. Been in Oregon 2 days now still unpacking;)

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  14. Georgious ! thanks for this post !

    https://darlingkilledmyunicorn.blogspot.fr/

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  15. Hope you arrived safely in Oregon. Thanks for sharing the name changes based on being cooked or not. Good luck with the competition.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, this is my first competition.

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  16. What a delicious snack/bite/appetizer. Have never made those with fish but after these, I gotta give them a try.

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    1. Thanks Denise, hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we did.

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  17. Salted fish is SO good. And SO not seen very often these days, alas. One of those old-fashioned foods that has gone out of style. Anyway, this is an amazing way to use this ingredient -- something new, which is always welcome. Looking forward to your Oregon posts -- we love all those coastal forests (we're mainly familiar with the coast around Florence). Good post -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John, we are about 25 miles north of Florence off the 101. My Uncle and Aunt live in Florence. Salted fish is fairly new to me but my husband grew up on it.

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  18. A great recipe - you can get the slow cooker bit started in the morning and then finish the baking in the evening! My kind of cooking!

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  19. I love taquitos, and I am always looking for a fish recipe that we would enjoy, and this is definitely one. I will have to watch the stores for this and give your recipe a try!

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    1. Thanks Kris, hope you enjoy this. Have a great week-end.

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  20. These sound amazing, Cheri (I have never had a taquito!) and I keep checking all the stores here for Bacala Rico. I hope I find some soon!

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  21. i often wondered what distinguished taquitos from flautas--thanks for the info! this is my kind of dish, though i've never had them stuffed with fish. very cool! enjoy oregon. :)

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  22. I love taquitos, but I've never had them with fish. I don't believe I've ever even seen frozen, salted fish, but I will look for it when I'm at the store next! This sure sounds like a great meal!!

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