OCTOPUS IN RED WINE
this one's REALLY good...
1kg (2.25lb) young octopus 8tbsp olive oil 350g (12oz) small onions or shallots 150ml (0.25pint) red wine 6tbsp red wine vinegar 225g (8oz) canned tomatoes, roughly chopped 2tbsp tomato puree 4 bay leaves 2 teaspoons dried oregano black pepper 2tbsp chopped parsley
First clean the octopus. Pull off the tentacles, remove and discard the intestines and the ink sac, the eyes and the beak. Skin the octopus and wash and scrub it thoroughly to remove any traces of sand. Cut it into 4-5cm (1.5-2inch) pieces and put it into a saucepan over medium heat to release the liquid. Stir the octopus until this liquid has evaporated. Pour on the oil and stir the octopus to seal it on all sides. Add the whole onions and cook them, stirring once or twice, until they colour slightly. Add the wine, the vinegar, tomatoes, tomato puree, bay leaves, oregano and several grindings of pepper. Stir well, cover the pan and simmer very gently for 1-1.25 hrs, checking from time to time that the sauce has not dried out. If it does - and this would only happen if the heat were too high - add a little more wine or water. The octopus is cooked when it can be easily pierced with a skewer. The sauce should be thick, like a runny paste. If any of the liquid separates, remove the lid from the pan, slightly increase the heat and stir until some of the liquid evaporates and the sauce thickens. Discard the bay leaves and stir in the parsley. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve, if you like, with rice and a salad. A Greek essential is country bread to mop up the sauce.
1kg (2.25lb) young octopus about 150ml (0.25pint) olive oil about 150ml (0.25pint) red wine vinegar 4 cloves garlic salt and black pepper 4-6 stalks thyme or dried thyme lemon wedges, to serve
Prepare and wash the octopus (as in Octopus in Red Wine). Place the head and tentacles in a pan with 6-8tbsp water, cover and simmer for 1-1.25 hours until it is tender. Test it with a skewer. Drain off any remaining liquid and set aside to cool. Cut the flesh into 12mm (0.5inch) strips and pack them loosely into a screw-topped jar. Mix enough oil and vinegar to fill the jar - the exact amount will depend on the relative volumes of the seafood and the container - stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper. If you are using dried thyme, mix it with the liquid at this stage. Pour it over the octopus, making sure that every last piece is completely immersed. If you are using thyme stalks, push them into the jar. Cover the jar and set it aside for at least 4-5 days before using. To serve, drain the octopus and serve it on small individual plates or saucers with the lemon wedges. Cubes of at least one-day old bread, speared on cocktail sticks, are the usual accompaniment.
WARM OCTOPUS AND SWEET ONION SALAD WITH FRESH SAGE AND LEMON VINAIGRETTE
Place lemon juice, shallot, garlic and honey in a medium saucepan and reduce to 1/2 cup. Place reduced syrup into a blender, add olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and fold into the sage.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan with sugar over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and caramelized. Add the vinegar and cook until reduced. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the octopus, water, vinegar, corks, garlic, bay leaf and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 1 1/2 hrs. Remove the octopus from the water and place on a platter lined with paper towels. Heat the grill or grill pan. Cut the octopus into pieces, brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
Assembly: Place the octopus on a platter, drizzle with the vinaigrette, top with the onion slices and sprinkle with the fresh herbs.
SERVES 4BRAISED OCTOPUS
PREPARATION & COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
DIRECTIONS:Clean octopus removing ink sac and head
place whole octopus in a pot over medium heat, (the water from the octopus will provide liquid for cooking, wash hands after handling as some people get a rash from the octopus)
simmer until tender
dispose of the cooking water and cut the tentacles into bite size pieces
in a saucepan heat the coconut cream with the seasonings and onions and add the octopus pieces to re-heat through
BARBECUED OCTOPUS SALAD
Store covered in fridge (under 5°C)
Good source of: iron
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Method:1. Clean octopus with a small sharp knife. Cut off head, or slit open, and remove gut.
2. Pick up body, push beak up with index finger; remove and discard. Clean octopus well under running water; pat dry with paper towel.
3. Combine with oil, water and garlic. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
4. Heat barbecue or grill. When hot, cook octopus for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Drain well on paper towel. Combine chilli sauce, pepper, coriander and lime juice in serving bowl. Add octopus and stir.
5. Serve warm or cold.
FRYING BABY OCTOPUS OR SQUID
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