Pulpo A La Plancha (Griddled Octopus)

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If  I would be confined to a small island for the rest of my life and given a choice of just 10 food items I could have available for the rest of my life, octopus would definitely be one of them.
Today I was in the mood to have something simple, with no fuzz, little preparation and minimal cleanup. Here is what fit the bill :

” Griddled octopus with iceberg and tomato in raspberry vinaigrette “.

Season water with sea salt, lots of smashed garlic and crashed black pepper corn. Add octopus and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cook for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2  hours (depending on size) until tender but not mushy. Texture is very important for a successful octopus dish, so pay attention!  Remove octopus to  ice bath. Let cool, remove from water, pat dry. Season with sea salt, granulated garlic and freshly ground black pepper. Brush with olive oil. Cook on hot griddle or cast iron pan until a nice char has developed. In the meantime, mix olive oil, lime juice, garlic paste, fresh ground black pepper and lot’s of chopped cilantro and oregano. Plate the octopus, drizzle with the seasoned olive oil. Serve with a green salad and your choice of potatoes, rice  or sour dough bread.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Pulpo A La Plancha

Pulpo A La Plancha (Griddled Octopus)

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