Insalata di Polpo – Italian Octopus Salad

Georgann Dolfay

With a couple of common greens and herbs, develop a refreshing antipasto salad with octopus that is sure to entice eaters.

When my partner was a boy or girl, he utilised to fish for polpi (octopuses) in the summertime months when his family left the warmth of Rome for their little property close to the city of Latina together the Tyrrhenian Sea, a subdivision of the Mediterranean.

Due to the fact octopuses creep and crawl better than they swim, they like to congregate around rocks. my partner and his cousins used to stand on the pier that stretched out about reduced cliffs and fish for the 8-tentacled creatures. To catch an octopus they employed a unique entice known as a polpara, which had a tiny weighted system surrounded by fish hooks. The polpara was hooked up to a line, which they bobbed up and down to catch the octopus’ attention.

When a curious octopus wrapped its tentacles all-around the entice, they boys pulled the line up to declare their capture. Back household, my husband’s mamma, Maria, or his aunt, Zia Elena, cooked the octopus and built a delicious antipasto of insalata di polpo.

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Right here in the land-locked Midwest of the United States, we fish for our octopus at the nearby seafood market place, and love the squeals of awe from our good friends and relatives who’ve never ever handled or eaten this tasty sea creature.

Insalata di Polpo – Italian Octopus Salad

Cara Quinn

With a few frequent greens and herbs, create a refreshing antipasto salad with octopus that is positive to entice eaters.

Training course Antipasto, Appetizer

Delicacies Italian, Mediterranean

  • Two octopuses about 500 grams or all-around 1 pound just about every.
  • 2 carrots or a handful of baby carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • A bunch of flat leaf Italian parsley chopped
  • Olive oil adequate to cover octopus
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Area the octopuses and a cork from a not long ago opened bottle of wine into a big pot of cold h2o. If you really do not have a bottle open up, this is a wonderful excuse to uncork one particular! No-a single understands why, but southern Italians swear that a cork in the h2o renders the octopus a lot more tender. Convey the h2o to a boil, and then permit boil gently for 20 minutes. Convert off heat, and enable the octopus to amazing to area temperature in the water it was cooked in.

  • In the meantime, dice the carrots and celery finely, and the garlic tremendous-finely. Chop about 2 tablespoons of flat leaf Italian parsley. Area it all alongside one another into a medium bowl.

  • Remove the octopus from the h2o and pat it dry with paper towels. Cut into small items, and incorporate it to the bowl. Include with excess-virgin olive oil, stir in the juice of one particular lemon, and salt to style. Enable sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes for the flavors to specific themselves, then serve.

Cara Quinn & Stefano Follega


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Ciao! I’m Stefano. I was born and grew up in Rome, wherever I helped my household are likely to our olive groves and make olive oil each and every yr, uncovered the secrets and techniques of home made cooking from my mother and grandmother, and watched my father and grandfather make wine with grapes grown in the hill cities exterior of Rome. Considering that then, I have researched wine formally through the Intercontinental Sommelier Guild. I really like sharing my awareness of wine with other individuals, particularly when accompanied by authentic Italian meals.&#13
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Buon Giorno! I’m Cara. I am from the U.S., but I lived in Rome for 9 many years, getting to be enamored 1st with the Eternal Town and then with Stefano. I married Stefano, grew to become an Italian citizen, started off our household in Rome, and though I was there I discovered from family members and good friends the art of getting ready Italian meals and of appreciating life Italian design and style. I unwind in the kitchen area, and find pleasure in serving delicious food items to good friends and family.

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