Where else but Hvar would you find a festival devoted to a seafood dish that was outlawed in our house years ago by my Dad ("I don't want that &%$# smell stinking up the new drapes! Cook that %$# outside for God's sake....why do you think your Deda built a kitchen in the tank house! Even HE knew it smelled bad.....and he was a fisherman!").
Regardless of my Dad and his "decorating tips", Mom LOVES this stuff. Maybe its the idea of beating up a fish with a wooden mallet (the thing to do after shopping for several hours then enduring midnight mass with sugar-hazed daughters)?
Teta Bunny (aka my Aunt Francis) gave Mom a recipe for Mock Bakalar. It's actually pretty good (but, then again, it has potatoes and we all know how I LOVE my potatoes)
- 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (Croatian, where else)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (6-ounce) can oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked (I prefer home packed Tuna from Alex and Nellie!!)
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 cup cream (optional)
- 3/4 cup Bari extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Additional Bari extra-virgin olive oil for garnish (optional)
- 2 tbsp chopped KMK Farms parsley