Polpo in pignatta: octopus with tomatoes and potato quenelle

Posted on Apr 21 2014 by Simona Giacobbi

polpo3

In Puglia it’s not difficult to find fishermen vigorously slamming freshly octopus on the rocks. It’s their way to make octopus tender and curl the tentacles. All this may seem like a torture, it is actually only the prelude to a delicious dinner. One of the oldest recipes and summery Apulian recipes is the “purpu in pignata”. Pignata is the traditional terracotta pot produced in Lecce area. The oldest method of cooking octopus is precisely in pignata with the addition of potatoes and various aromas to enhance the flavor. I revisited this dish and it comes out like a middle way between ‘polpo in pignatta’ and ‘polpo alla luciana’. The preparation is simple, maybe a little long but it’s worth it because this dish is very tasty.

Ingredients (servings: 2)

2 fresh octopus cleaned
250 g tomato sauce
1/2 onion
hot chili pepper
1 bunch of Italian parsley
red wine
salt
1 garlic clove
evo oil
black pepper
200 g potatoes
water

Potato quenelles: cook the potatoes in salted water for 45 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the octopus. Pass the pulp through a potato masher or use a fork. Add the potatoes into a pan with oil, salt and black pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Make quenelles with 2 spoons.

Octopus: Place the octopus in a sauce pan with the chopped onions, garlic, chopped parsley, and red pepper. After 4 minutes add the octopus and after 2 minutes add the red wine. Let it evaporate. Add the tomato sauce and the black pepper. Cover and cook for approximately 1 hour. Add water if necessary.
Serve hot with potato quenelles.

Giornalista professionista emiliana, fondatrice del sito PugliaMonAmour.it, laurea in lingue e master in Social Communication. Cresciuta a tortelli e gnocchi, impara a cucinare in Canada dove ha vissuto sei anni e dove ha lavorato per il Corriere Canadese. Amante e studiosa del barbecue, creatrice del food blog PastaLovesMe.com e delle Pizze Pioggia e Puglia Mon Amour inserite nel menu di una pizzeria di Cisternino, tra le più apprezzate, ama cucinare, raccontare, fotografare, organizzare eventi e... fare la pizza napoletana in casa. Fa parte dell'Associazione Le Donne del Vino Delegazione Puglia, è stata giudice in diversi concorsi enogastronomici e ha collaborato con il Cucchiaio d'Argento e I Love Italian Food. Conduce su Telenorba la trasmissione “I colori della nostra terra”, approfondimento settimanale sul territorio, turismo, agroalimentare ed enogastronomia.

Like us on Facebook
on Facebook

Follow me on Twitter
Follow @simonagiacobbi on Twitter
Add me on Google+
on Google+