Saturday, February 03, 2007

La Buona Tavola/The Art Of Cooking

Antipastini a base di pesce. Fish Appetizers

Insalata di polipetti: Baby Octopus Salad.
3 lbs. baby octopus
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

Clean the octopus well by turning it inside out and removing the eyes and the small bone at bottom of the head.
Boil them in a small amount of salted water, between 30-40 minutes, depending on their size. Drain, Peel, skin and cut the octopus in small pieces. Season with chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and all the parsley. Lets stand for a few hours before serving to allow the octopus to become tender by absorbing the dressing. The salad is also excellent served immediately, while still warm.

Some of us do not like octopus, Therefore let's have:

Canape` Al Salmone/Salmon Canapes

It is also very easy to prepare
4 ounces smoked salmon
6 tablespoons butter,
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano,
1 tablespoon lemon juice,
6 pitted black olives, sliced in half,
12 slices bread, 1/2 inch thick,3 to 4inches wide.
Put all the ingredients (except the olives) in a food processor or blender and spread on a slice of bread.
Garnish by placing a black olive in the center of each canape`.

Buon appetito,

Let me know how it goes.
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