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  1. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes

    August 6, 2017 by Varga László

     

    A week ago I went home to my grandparents house to escape the heat wave we had in the city. Although there was also incredibly hot, the garden and the trees gave some shelter.
    As always when I’m going home I cook Sunday lunch’ main course. I wanted to cook some fish but I couldn’t find fresh fish to my liking so I bought some octopus.
    I remembered a dish I ate in the Greek island of Lefkada: octopus with potatoes in red wine, so I concocted a recipe similar to that:

    Ingredients (3-4 servings)

    • 1 kg octopus, cleaned

    • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 4 bay leaves
    • salt and paste to taste
    • 500 g potatoes

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil in advance the potatoes as a whole.
    2. Wash and clean the octopus. Cut them into smaller pieces.

    3. Add the octopus pieces into a pot, garlic and bay leaves, pour over the wine, vinegar and 100 ml water.

       

    4. Cover and cook for about an hour, on medium heat.
    5. After about 40 minute of cooking add the halved/sliced boiled potatoes and the tomato paste and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
    6. Serve while still hot

  2. Frogs Legs French Style – en Persillade

    April 21, 2017 by Varga László

    Frogs Legs French Style - en Persillade

    Ingredients:

    • about 12 pairs of frogs legs
      12 pairs of frogs legs
    • 1 1⁄2 cups milk
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 cup flour
    • 150 g butter
    • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
      cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • fresh lemon juice
    • 50 ml dry white wine
    • 1 lemon
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
      chopped fresh parsley

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Thaw the frogs legs if frozen.
    2. Add the frogs legs and milk in a bowl and let them marinate for about one hour / one hour and a half.
      Add the frogs legs in milk
    3. Place the flour on a soup plate, add salt and pepper, and mix it with a fork.
      Frogs Legs French Style - en Persillade
    4. Dredge the legs in the flour, one at a time,
      Dredge the legs in the flourshaking off excess, and transfer to another plate.Frogs Legs French Style - en Persillade
    5. Heat the. butter in a large frying pan over high heat.
    6. Add the frogs legs and fry them, flipping once, until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
    7. Add another spoonful of butter, the garlic, parsley, juice squeezed from half of a lemon, and cook, swirling the pan, for another minute.
      Frogs Legs French Style - en Persillade
    8. Serve while fresh and warm with lemon slices on the side.

  3. Aquapazza – Italian Seafood Soup Recipe

    September 16, 2015 by Varga László

    Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 8

    Ingredients (4-6 servings)

    • 500 g mulletsAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 1
    • 500 g mussels
    • 500 g mackerel fillets
    • 4 tomatoes
    • 1 garlic head
    • 1 red hot chili pepper
    • 2 green onion
    • olive oil
    • 200 ml Italian red wine – I used some Montepulciano
    • 200 ml water
    • Salt to taste
    • grated mozzarella (optional)

     

    Preparation method:

    1. Wash and clean the fishes and mussels.
    2. Chop the garlic and chili pepper.
    3. Dice finely the tomatoes.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a medium soup pot, add the garlic and fry it until fragrant over medium heat.  Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 2
    5. Add the diced tomatoes to the pot and keep frying, stirring until tomatoes are softenAquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 3
    6. Add the cleaned mullets and mussels and fry them for another 1-2 minutes.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 4
    7. Add the wine and water and the mackerel fillets and cook for about 3-5 minutes over low heat.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 5Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 6
    8. Add the chopped green onions and cook for another 30 seconds.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 7
    9. Serve while hot, garnish with some extra chopped green onions.
    10. You can top it with some grated mozzarella to melt.Aquapazza Italian Seafood Soup Recipe 9