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Cocktail foods

May 5, 2011 by Inez No Comments »

Serving food with cocktails is essential, as we all know cocktails can go to the head very easily so serving food to compliment and keep the night in order is very important.  Here are some great food ideas to serve with the  Cocktails from last week’s post.

Fresh Smoked Salmon served with Guinness Bread, capers and fresh lemon.

Guinness Brown Bread

Grilled Halloumi

Simply take 1 packet of grilled Halloumi and slice into neat slices, put some oil in a pan and fry. Sprinkle with parsley.

Octopus Salad with Potato

  • 1Kg of Octopus
  • 4 potatoes
  • Rosemary
  • Dry White wine
  • Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Clean the octopus, remove the eyes, the “mouth” and the little bladder. It is probably best if you ask the fishmonger to clean it for you, as we did. Bring enough water to completely cover the octopus to the boil in a deep pan and add one tablespoon of salt. Put the octopus in the pan and cover with the lid. Cook on low heat for at least forty minutes, or until tender. Switch off the heat and leave the octopus in the pan to cool.

In the meantime bring some water to the boil in another pan, add some salt and cook the potatoes. When they are ready cut them into small cubes and put them in a salad bowl.  Add  white wine, so they won’t absorb to much olive oil.

Take the octopus from the pan and remove the skin, it should be very easy. Chop it in small pieces and add them to the potatoes in the bowl. Season with black pepper, salt, extra-virgin olive oil and rosemary.

Fresh Avocado

Take 1 avocado  and slice in half, remove the stone.  Squeeze a small amount of lemon and add some salt and pepper, and serve with a teaspoon and a dash of good Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  


Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”


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