Monday, September 5, 2011

Baby Octopus Stew

Baby octopus stew

This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and the basics that everyone should have in their kitchen.

- Baby Octopus (fresh or frozen - thawed if frozen)
- Olive oil
- 4-7 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped and mashed using a bit of salt.
- Italian strained tomato sauce

Wash the octopus well. Add to the pot and cover with cold water.. salt the water slightly.
Let it come close to a boil then remove the water and add new cold water and repeat the process.

Once the octopus is tender (and you can cut the tenticles with a fork or poke through it easily) then it's done.

Remove and strain, set aside.

In a pot on medium heat add a few tablespoons of olive oil, add the garlic and as soon as it smells (just a few seconds in) Add the tomato sauce and let it simmer until the garlic is tender (10 minutes or so) Taste for salt and if it needs add some.
Add in the octopus and toss, cover and simmer a little longer until the octopus is tender and the whole thing smells great.


The exact same stew can be used to make calamari rings, my grandfather used to make it for us this way, you don't need to blanch them in advance though so just poach them in the sauce until they're tender.
Serve with couscous.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love octopus. If I thought my family could get over the tentacles, I would serve this tomorrow!
I guess I will make this for myself one evening!
Thanks for the lovely sounding recipe!