In this place is called “polbo” and is one of the products that perfectly define the Galician gastronomy and, today, we will tell you 5 ways of eating octopus in Galicia.
If you have never tasted it, what is the best preparation to initiate us with? As the locals would say, “depends”, and is that, although the most famous is pulpo á feira (octopus “á feira”), there are many ways to taste it as well explains the Traveller magazine.
1. Octopus “á feira”
We couldn’t start our list without naming the mother of the octopus recipes.
The octopus á feira is served cut into slices seasoned with coarse salt, sweet or spicy paprika (according to taste), with a jet of olive oil and presented on a wooden plate.
It is usually eaten with chopsticks and accompanied by a “cunca” of wine or a glass of fresh beer.
2. Octopus “a la mugardesa”
This is a kind of stew made with octopus, red pepper and onion to which you can add green pepper and potato.
In addition, the Mugardos Octopus Festival, declared of Tourist Interest by the Xunta de Galicia, is held in mid-July, so if you are in the area, a visit is not to be missed.
3. Octopus Pizza
We’ll just say: Galician blue cheese, Arzúa cheese, tomato sauce and octopus. These are the ingredients of what Galicians know as “Galipizza”.
The fusion of the common pizza with the traditional Galician food.
4. Octopus Burger
McPulpiño, as it is cleverly known, is served on a hamburger bread with tomato, various lettuces and an extra virgin olive oil emulsion accompanied by Galician-style deluxe potatoes: cachelos fritos (new potatoes cooked with skin).
5. Octopus omelette
The Galicians have added octopus to the classic potato omelette, fusing traditional Galician and Spanish gastronomy into an authentic gourmet dish. Simple, original and delicious.
In short, if you have the opportunity to visit this land, don’t forget to try this delicacy. In addition, if, after tasting it, the homesickness takes hold of you, you will be able to acquire this preserved product and enjoy it wherever you are.