Prep 96 hrs
Cook 1 hr
A classic Greek inspired dish.
- 2 1⁄4 lbs baby octopus
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- lemon wedge, to serve
- Prepare and wash the octopus.
- Place the head and tentacles in a pan with 6-8tbsp water, cover and simmer for 60 to 75 minutes until it is tender.
- Test it with a skewer.
- Drain off any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
- Cut the flesh into 1/2" strips and pack them loosely into a screw-topped jar.
- Mix enough oil and vinegar to fill the jar- the exact amount will depend on the relative volumes of the seafood and the container- stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
- If you are using dried thyme, mix it with the liquid at this stage.
- Pour it over the octopus, making sure that every last piece is completely immersed.
- If you are using thyme stalks, push them into the jar.
- Cover the jar and set it aside for at least 4-5 days before using.
- To serve, drain the octopus and serve it on small individual plates or saucers with the lemon wedges.
- Cubes of at least one-day old bread, speared on cocktail sticks, are the usual accompaniment.
Very nice, suttle and well balanced flavour, just like the ones I had in Greece years ago. I just wondered, as I am not used handling octopus, if preparing the octopus involves taking the skin off? It turns red as cooked and seems to create a lot of "crumbs" in cooking water, wich need to be rinsed off the octopus bits before marinating them. Nevertheless, end result was so good, I will be making it again. Skin off or on.