Bite-sized octopus w/ sweet paprika & potatoes w/ extra virgin olive oil
Source: Sacha Page
- 1 large Octopus (at least 500g) cleaned
- Parsley, chopped
- Olive oil
- 1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
Add a bay leaf, halved onion, peppercorns and aromatics of your preference (tend to go for fresh oregano). Simmer for about 40 minutes, poke with a fork into the thickest part occasionally after half an hour. When it has passed the fork test (goes in easily), you are all set.
Place under cool running water to remove the dark pink outer surface and let it cool completely. Chop, chop into bite sized pieces, and put into a marinade.
For a cool, summertime octopus salad
Fresh oregano is an amazing flavor match for the octopus, so use plenty – about 1/4 cup. Also add nice big chunks of seedless cucumber. Also, one onion chopped into bite sized pieces, juice of 1/2 a lemon, freshly ground black pepper and 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic. Add a 50/50 mix of oil and vinegar to cover.
Let the salad sit for at least an hour in the mix and if possible overnight in the refrigerator. Let it sit at room temperature then serve…
This intriguing white-meat has many possibilities - Octopus sushi, octopus vinaigrette and what of pizza? Would you fancy octopus as a topping? Bringing it local, for some reason, I have a feeling Jerked octopus with white rum aka 'whites' would be a 'hot seller'. You think? :-) Or even Jamaican ackee with octopus could rival the common complement, Norwegian codfish. Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them.
Post script - Nutritional Highlights*
Octopus (cooked, moist heat), 3 oz. (84.9g)
Total Fat: 1.7g
*Excellent source of: Iron (8.1mg), Selenium (76mcg), and Vitamin B12 (30.6mcg)
*Good source of: Zinc (2.8mg)
* Note: High in cholesterol and sodium
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value, based upon United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the USDA Recommended Daily Value. Nutritional information and daily nutritional guidelines may vary in different countries. Please consult the appropriate organization in your country for specific nutritional values and the recommended daily guidelines.* Source: mothernature.com