Thursday, April 23, 2009

OCTOPUS AND POTATO SALAD WITH CREAMY PARSLEY VINAIGRETTE

I hope my readers like octopus. If not, I hope that these recipes change your mind on, what I admit, can be an intimidating ingredient. If you’ve read my blog before, you may remember that my husband is a huge fan of octopus. This recipe was the first course of his recent birthday dinner and, not only was it easy to put together, it was a hit!

SERVES 4
12-15 new potatoes, sliced in ½ inch rounds
1 lb cooked octopus tentacles, thinly sliced (you can get this from your fish monger)
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c apple cider, red wine or white wine vinegar
¼ tsp salt plus more for boiling the potatoes
6 stalks spring garlic or scallions, thinly sliced on a bias (white and light green part only)
Creamy parsley vinaigrette, recipe follows

CREAMY PARSLEY VINAIGRETTE
3/4 c loosely packed flat-leaf parsley
2 anchovy fillets
1/3 c olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
1 tbs capers
Salt/pepper, to taste
1-2 tsp mirin or honey (to balance the acidity of the lemon juice)

Combine the red onion, vinegar and ¼ tsp salt. Cover and place in the refrigerator. The longer they marinate the better. They will keep for at least one week. Next, combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette, blend until smooth and creamy and set aside. If you will be using the vinaigrette that same day, do not refrigerate. Otherwise, allow the dressing to come to room temperature before using. Boil the potatoes in generously-salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. To assemble the salad, cover two serving platters with a layer of the potato slices, pile the octopus in the center and sprinkle with the spring garlic. At this point you can cover the salad and refrigerate for later use. When you’re ready to serve, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and scatter a generous amount of the reserved red onions. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil if you’d like.

4 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmm! que bien, Nicole! justamente te quería pedir la receta de ésta vinagreta!
    Un beso, guapa.

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  2. This octopus salad looks excellent! Love the flavors!

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  3. First time visiting. You have a great blog.

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  4. I just found a great source for baby octopus and squid and have been thinking about doing some sort of salad. Thanks for the added inspiration!

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