Fish and seafood lovers will love it: Pulpo a la Gallega. Which translates as "Galician-style octopus".
- This dish is known and popular not only in Galicia, but in almost all of Spain.
- Galician-style octopus or Pulpo a la Gallega is simple, honest and delicious.
- A great change to Pizza Frutti di Mare * or seafood salad.
Where do you buy the octopus for Pulpo a la Gallega?
That will be the first thought of many readers. Admittedly, it gets difficult in a normal supermarket. In larger cities, however, you should be successful with the fishmonger. What certainly helps here: Pre-order this octopus to play it safe. There is also the option of simply ordering the sea animal on the Internet.
Pulpo a la Gallega: Can you only buy tentacles?
Yes, it is also possible: If you only buy tentacles, you can also switch to pre-cooked ones. In this case, the otherwise absolutely necessary quenching may be omitted.
Important preparation note: Quenching the octopus in the Galician style
And that brings us to the only point to watch out for in a kitchen-ready octopus : quenching. The octopus must be immersed in hot water three times for around ten seconds and then removed again (also for ten seconds). The reason: quenching prevents the skin from peeling off during cooking . It even happened with my preparation: I held it by the head and immersed it in the boiling water. And I didn't put that head off. With the result that part of the skin came off there.
Cooking on: Fast fish from the oven
Recipe for Pulpo a la Gallega: simple, honest and delicious
The dish is really easy to prepare : the octopus migrates into the hot water without any large ingredients. In addition come potatoes cut into bite-size pieces * . The whole thing has to boil for a few minutes. Then all you have to do is arrange on a plate, sprinkle paprika powder and olive oil on top or drizzle over it and this Spanish specialty is ready to feast on.
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Pulpo a la Gallega: The fast Spanish tapas specialty
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Recipe: You need these ingredients for the Galician-style octopus
- 1 octopus (approx. 1.5 to 2 kg, ready for kitchen)
- 500 g potatoes (firm cooking)
- 2 tbsp paprika powder
- 150 ml of olive oil
- Flakes of sea salt (for seasoning)
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