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Octopus in Lemon & Oil
Italy - Naples / Campagna

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Effort:
Sched:
DoAhead:  
4 app  
**
2 hr  
Yes
This popular appetizer can be served warm or room temperature and takes rewarming well. The photo shows a medley of tiny octopi, small tentacles, large tentacle pieces and large tentacle pieces with the skin and sucker disks wiped off. The photo example was made with small octopi (see Note-1)



3-1/2
7
4
2
3
1/4
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T
T
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Octopus (1)
Olive Oil ExtV  
Lemon Juice
Garlic
Parsley sprig
Pepper
Salt
Make   -   (45 min to 2-1/4 hrs - 20 min work)
  1. Rinse OCTOPUS and drain. Bring a deep pot of water to a boil and put in it 1/2 an Onion and a couple wine corks (see my article Cooking Large Octopus for explanation and cooking details).
  2. Drop in the octopus and bring back to a boil. Your 3-1/2 pound octopus will curl up, stiffen and shrink to about 1-1/2 pound within a couple of minutes. Bring back to a boil, cover and simmer over medium heat until tender. This will take 1-1/2 to 2 hours depending on octopus size and whether you want to rub off the skin and sucker disks or not. If you used two smaller octopi check at 1-1/4 hours. Octopus is done when a thin skewer goes through the thickest part of a tentacle without encountering rubbery resistance.
  3. Meanwhile:   Make the dressing (see Note-2). Chop GARLIC and PARSLEY very fine. Mix with Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Pepper and Salt.
  4. When Octopus is done, cut the tentacles into pieces the size you want, generally 1/2" long at the big end and increasing as the tentacle gets narrower. mix thoroughly with the dressing while still warm.
NOTES:
  1. Octopus: weight is for a single cleaned octopus. You could use a couple smaller octopi cooking a little less, or a bunch of much smaller octopi (see our article Cooking Small Octopi for instructions. Don't try to cook several sizes together.
  2. Dressing: The amount listed is sufficient for a 3-1/2 pound octopus with skin and sucker disks on. If you cook it longer and rub off the skin and sucker disks cut the amounts by 1/3.
  3. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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