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Romanian style stuffed cabbage rolls
Ciao, welcome back to my blog!
Today I am going to share with you a traditional Romanian recipe called Sarmale, which is a delicious winter comfort food.
This is our first attempt to make them but I must admit they turned out very nice and pretty close to the ones we had in his native little town.
Disclaimer: if you'll try to make them, the pickled cabbage really stinks once opened, but no worries, it is not gone bad.
The weird smell is caused by the fermentation process (similar to the German Crauti or kimchi) which is by the way super healthy for our gut, but it will go away once the dish is ready.
Highly recommended rustic recipe to impress your guests when we will be finally able to have someone for dinner again!
Find more of my Romanian recipes below:
-Romanian stuffed bell pepper soup
Warm octopus salad with potatoes
Ciao, welcome back to my blog!
In today's post, I am going to share with you a delicious polpo salad, meaning: Italian octopus salad recipe.
This warm octopus salad with potatoes is an excellent dish to make all year round but it is especially suitable for spring and summer.
For those who are not familiar with how to cook whole octopus, I am going to guide you step by step so you can obtain an excellent octopus potato salad! Cooking octopus can be a scary thing to do for the first time, however, it is very simple and very few ingredients are required.
Many people wonder how to cook octopus to be tender and the answer is: it takes time.
How long to cook octopus tender?
It depends on several factors: the weight and if it has been previously frozen.
For a previously frozen octopus:
500g, it will take around 35 minutes,
1 kg, it will take around 50 minutes,
1.5 kg, it will take 80 minutes Fresh octopus might need to be beaten with the help of a tool to relax the fibres and it might take longer to cook anyways.
Slow-cooked octopus takes longer than fish but the procedure is not at all complicated.
Is octopus healthy?
"Octopus is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in fat, making it a great source of complete protein for people trying to manage their weight." from the Webmd website.
Boiled octopus with potatoes is by far the easiest and healthiest way to cook it.
It is a balanced and very satisfying meal that will keep you full for hours without experiencing a lack of energy despite being a rather low-calorie recipe.
How to boil octopus?
There are several methods to make Italian octopus salad in our traditional cuisine, I am going to show you my family version, which is in my opinion the best octopus recipe you can find.
I come from a small town on the coast of Tuscany, where every household knows how to prepare octopus, especially simple octopus recipes or an octopus stew recipe because it is a popular ingredient, easy to find fresh daily in our local fishmongers that will make everyone happy.
My dad, who is actually a very good chef, taught me how to make octopus the right way following 3 very easy steps.
Let's find out how to make tender octopus!