For those who decided to spend the holidays in Salento, or for those who, already passed by this beautiful land, he simply wanted to propose again the most delicious recipes, here you will find the 5 dishes that form the basis of apulian and salentina cuisine.


  • 1kg of flour 00
  • 1pc. of brewer’s yeast
  • salt q.b.
  • 600ml of warm water
  • condiments of choice
  • olive oil


Put 1Kg of flour in a bowl. Dissolve the yeast in 600ml of warm water. Make a hole in the center of the flour in a Volcano shape and add a teaspoon of salt on the side. Pour the water in the center of the flour but be careful not to make it touch the salt directly while you pour it. Mix everything by hand for 15 minutes and then cover the bowl with a napkin in a warm place for about two hours. When the whole dough has nearly doubled its size it’s ready to be poured in boiling oil. be careful not to take large chunks of dough, A spoon is just the right size. keep every piece in oil for about two or three minutes. Traditionally, Pittules are prepared with a wide variety of stuffings mixed raw directly into the bowl. the most common ones are black olives, capers, tomatoes, anchovies, codfish (previously cleaned), cauliflowers, zucchini or turnip.


  • 500grams Orecchiette
  • 1.5Kg. Turnip greens
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 marinated anchovies
  • cherry tomatoes
  • spicy pepper jam
  • spicy cheese
  • extravirgin olive oil
  • salt


Put some olive oil in a pan along with the 2 cloves of gralic and put it on the stove, when it starts to smoke, add the previously mashed (with a wooden spoon) marinated anchovies. Then add the cherry tomatoes and let them fry slightly mashing them slowly with a spoon. Add a pinch of salt and a bit of spicy pepper jam. In the meantime boil the turnip greens and when they are about three quarters of the boiling process, add the “orecchiette” in the same water of the turnip greens and boil it whole. Drip the orecchiette and the turnip greens and then pour them in a bowl in wich also goes the rest of the condiment. Mix everything and add a pinch of spicy cheese to every plate you fix.

For 7/8 persons


  • 1Kg. chickpeas
  • 1 celery
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ kg of pasta
  • 10 spoons of extravirgin olive oil


The evening before the preparation you have to put the chickpeas in cold water with a half spoon of salt to soften them. The next morning, the chickpeas have to be dried, whashed and boiled on low heat with just enough water to cover them plus an inch more. After about 45 minutes add the salt, the celery and the garlic. The whole process have to take about 2 hours and a half and the water level has to always be an inch over the chickbeans level. The most frequently used type of pasta associated with this kind of dish is the “Sagna” but any kind of pasta would do. When the cooking is almost done, take a tablespoon of chickbeans, mash it and put it back in the boiling pot, stir in the meantime. 10% of the Sagnas have to be fried in boiling oil while the rest has to be cooked normally, when they are half cooked they have to be put in the same chickbeans pot along with the fried ones, the frying oil and a bit of pepper. Let it rest for 5 minutes without lifting the cover of the pot.


  • 1 octopus
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 roll of parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 leaf of laurel
  • pepper
  • olive oil q.b.


The octopus has to be beaten for a long time to be softened, then sliced and washed. Put it in a terracotta pot with the sliced tomatoes, the garlic, the pepper and everything else. Cook it on low heat for a long time without adding water nor salt (the octopus has to be cooked with his own water). If you like you can add a pinch of pepper.


pasta frolla:

  • 600g di farina
  • 300g di strutto
  • 300g di zucchero
  • 6 tuorli d’uovo
  • 1 buccia grattugiata di limone
  • sale q.b.


  • 1 litro di latte
  • 6 tuorli d’uovo
  • 150g di farina
  • 300g di zucchero
  • 1 buccia di limone


Preparare la pasta frolla con gli ingredienti elencati e farla riposare 30 minuti. Preparare la crema pasticciera e lasciarla diventare tiepida. Lavorare col mattarello la pasta frolla, sino a formare una sfoglia spessa 7-8 millimetri, quindi imburrare gli stampini e spolverarli di farina eliminandone l’eccesso. Con la pasta frolla coprire fondo e pareti degli stampini e bucherellarla con le punte della forchetta. Riempire di crema pasticciera fino all’orlo e con un altro pezzo di pasta frolla chiudere come fosse un coperchio facendo. Spennellare col bianco d’uovo leggermente battuto e mettere gli stampini in forno già caldo a 170° e far cuocere per 10 minuti; aumentare la temperatura fino a 200° e far cuocere fin quando la superficie dei pasticciotti sarà divenuta color ambra chiaro. Togliere i pasticciotti dal forno, attendere che si raffreddino, quindi liberarli delicatamente dagli stampini.

Recipes ultima modifica: 2016-07-14T10:39:07+00:00 da salentocongusto

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