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    Octopus Meze

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    41 mins

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    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A traditional octopus meze to have with ouzo or wine.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Rinse the octopus under cold, running water and place in pot dripping wet (you don't want to dry it off- this is the moisture it will cook in).
    2. 2
      Add the vinegar and garlic and cover the pot.
    3. 3
      Bring to the boil over low heat.
    4. 4
      It is tender when pierced easily with a fork (this can vary from octopus to octopus, so time is not a good indicator of doneness in this case).
    5. 5
      When cool enough to handle, strip off suckers and reddish-purple membrane on flesh (these are delicious, but the octopus is more presentable without them- enjoy them by yourself!).
    6. 6
      Cut the octopus into small tidbits.
    7. 7
      And arrange on a platter, drizzled with olive oil and vinegar and sprinkled with oregano.
    8. 8
      If you are going to serve the octopus another day, pack it in a jar or small tupperware bowl, cover with olive oil, top with 3-4 tblsps of vinegar and 1 tblsp oregano.
    9. 9
      Give a stir.
    10. 10
      Cover and refrigerate.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 17, 2003

      55

      This was superb! I could only get frozen baby octopus, and found that once it got boiling, it was done pretty quickly (in fact, I think I overcooked it just a tad). Removing the membrane was easy, and so was removing the tentacles from the larger ones, but the little ones, I just gave up on stripping the tentacles and we ate 'em as is. I made this exactly as directed, and while I toyed with the idea of adding some garlic, I think that would've been gilding the lily. The taste was sumptuously mediterranean, summery, and perfect as it was. We enjoyed this with some Italian bread and a nice zinfandel...it was supposed to be the appetizer, but ended up being the entire meal! I'll make this again, with whatever octopus I can find. Delicious recipe, evelyn!

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    • on June 15, 2010

      55

      Excellent recipe! The octopus turned out very tender. I served it with rice.

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    • on July 11, 2003

      55

      I`ve eaten octopus before but never made it.This is a very easy recipe. I couldn`t buy it fresh so I purchased it frozen. Since it was $11.99 a pound so I only bought a small 1-1/2 pound octopus. I really do wish I went for the 4 pounds. I rinsed it put it into the pot partly frozen. Added the vinegar and cooked till tender. And it`s tender! Not chewy at all! I can actually taste the sweet ocean. Thanks for turning me on to this!

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    Nutritional Facts for Octopus Meze

    Serving Size: 1 (144 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 161.0
     
    Calories from Fat 15
    89%
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    2%
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    1%
    Cholesterol 81.6 mg
    27%
    Sodium 399.9 mg
    16%
    Total Carbohydrate 4.1 g
    1%
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    0%
    Sugars 0.0 g
    0%
    Protein 25.4 g
    50%

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