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Old 04-22-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Octopus

Kathleen and I went to the greek grocer yesterday. This place is a large wholesaler and has a small retail operation as well.

While we were there she decided we should pick up an octopus. I was a bit hesitant because I know our freezer is fairly full but she was able to convince me with the words "You have never grilled an octopus". Who am I to stand in the way of her happiness.

In another thread about octopus I suggested this article and since I suggested it I felt the need to try it this time.

The octopus after rinsing:





While it is blanching:



In the dutch oven to braise. I used greek oragano from our herb garden and some lemon juice along with the juice from the octopus.



Done braising:






I won't be able to grill it today with the rain. I will serve some of it cold on the side with the salad for dinner tonight though.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #2
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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I love Octopus! Looks like a nice one.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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Sounds good, Frank. What was the original weight?
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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I usually swim with the octopi I meet... He looks familiar.

How big was that bad boy, Frank?
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #7
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It turned a really pretty color after it was cooked. You'll have to let us know what the flavor and texture are like. Is it fishy, gamey, sandy/muddy flavored etc.? Is it rubbery, chewy, smooth textured, grainy, etc.?
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So we had a small bit with dinner tonight. It turned out fork tender and flavorful (though I might have put a tad too much oregano in the bottom of the pot). A little drizzle of olive oil really went well with it.

The octopus was a little shy of 5 pounds. The grocer has them at $4.09/lb if I recall correctly.

BTW... this was cleaned. No beak. No ink sack.
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The end result was wonderful. The texture is a bit more bite to it than a scallop, but less than a lobster although it was not at all rubbery. Perhaps a texture of a large crab leg without the stringiness. It was very tender and we could cut it with a fork. A spritz of olive oil gave almost a silkiness to the texture, which I initially thought was a bit dry. There is no gaminess or fishy flavor to it. It was light in taste and, like a fresh scallop or clam, a bit like the sea. At this point, there are so many things to do with it. Octopus salad. GRILLED octopus with lemon juice and olive oil...etc.
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The end result was wonderful. The texture is a bit more bite to it than a scallop, but less than a lobster although it was not at all rubbery. Perhaps a texture of a large crab leg without the stringiness. It was very tender and we could cut it with a fork. A spritz of olive oil gave almost a silkiness to the texture, which I initially thought was a bit dry. There is no gaminess or fishy flavor to it. It was light in taste and, like a fresh scallop or clam, a bit like the sea. At this point, there are so many things to do with it. Octopus salad. GRILLED octopus with lemon juice and olive oil...etc.
You're report made it a whole lot less scary Kathleen. I'd be willing to deal with one now, as long it was cleaned like yours.
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Octopus Kathleen and I went to the greek grocer yesterday. This place is a large wholesaler and has a small retail operation as well. While we were there she decided we should pick up an octopus. I was a bit hesitant because I know our freezer is fairly full but she was able to convince me with the words "You have never grilled an octopus". Who am I to stand in the way of her happiness. :smile: In another thread about octopus I suggested this [URL="http://fishcooking.about.com/od/squidoctopusrecipes/ss/howto_prep_octo.htm"]article[/URL] and since I suggested it I felt the need to try it this time. The octopus after rinsing: [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4732.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4733.jpg[/IMG] While it is blanching: [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4734.jpg[/IMG] In the dutch oven to braise. I used greek oragano from our herb garden and some lemon juice along with the juice from the octopus. [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4735.jpg[/IMG] Done braising: [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4736.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/members/30377-albums851-picture4737.jpg[/IMG] I won't be able to grill it today with the rain. I will serve some of it cold on the side with the salad for dinner tonight though. 5 stars 1 reviews
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