bollito - Purpu Vugghiutu
2 lb polpo, defrosted, cleaned and washed
In a large pot, boil 3
gallons of water. Add lemon cut in half and bay leaves. Using a pot fork, submerge and remove each polpo three times and then let it cook
over a high flame.
When the water starts to boil again, cook for 15 minutes, shut off
the flame and cover. Keep it in the hot water for an additional 15
Taste for tenderness. If it is not done, keep
it in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
Use a pot fork to transfer the polpo to a serving
Can be eaten hot, sprinkled with salt and
lemon juice. If you prefer, the boiled polpo can be finished into an
appetizing salad or can be fried as per the recipes to follow.