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  • Aïoli

    YIELD: 8-12 SERVINGS
    FOR THE VEGETABLES AND COD:
    • 3 cups (711 mL) vegetable stock
    • 1 pound (454 g) salt cod, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces and soaked in cold water for at least 24 hours
    • 1½ cups (356 mL) water
    • 1 pound (454 g) carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces
    • 1 pound (454 g) haricots verts
    • 6 hard-boiled eggs, quartered
    FOR THE AÏOLI:
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 3 small potatoes, boiled
    • 1 cup (237 mL) mild Provençal extra virgin olive oil

    This cornerstone of Provençal food was traditionally eaten on Ash Wednesday, as part of the big Christmas dinner, or on Fridays. But, of course, any day you have the urge to enjoy some aïoli, by all means do so.

    FOR THE VEGETABLES AND COD:

    1. In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cod. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the cod and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels. Remove from the heat.

    2. In a separate medium saucepan with a steaming basket insert, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the carrots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until they start to soften. Remove the carrots from the steaming basket and set aside.

    3. Add the haricots verts to the steaming basket and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they start to soften. Remove from the heat. Remove from the basket and set aside.

    FOR THE AÏOLI:

    1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush together the garlic and salt. Add the potatoes, 1 at a time, and continue working until the mixture forms a thick paste.

    2. Slowly whisk in the oil, creating an emulsion. The aïoli should be thick but not solid.

    3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve surrounded with the cod, vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs.

    Marseille

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