Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Barbecued Baby Octopus

Okay, first step to this is getting over the cute little baby octopus that you are planning to boil, broil, and eat. Maybe chop them up first if that helps you out.

Then proceed with the directions below.  I promise, they're quite tasty!  Similar to calamari (not the deep fried kind).  I like to serve them with a roasted vegetable salad and maybe some fried rice or a light naan bread "pizza".

What you need:

1 pound frozen baby octopus, thawed and cleaned
1 cup red wine
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 basil tomato sauce
2-3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot chili-garlic sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 teaspoons garlic powder (or use minced garlic)
1/4 very thinly sliced onion
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped or minced fresh ginger
chopped fresh basil and cilantro (optional)

Start by bring the wine, balsamic vinegar, and octopus to a boil.  Lower heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes. While simmering, preheat oven to a high broil.  Then drain the octopus, discarding the liquid.  Place octopus and the rest of the ingredients in a 13 x 9 pan and mix everything together.  Broil for 10-15 minutes, depending on how hot your broiler gets.  The onion should slightly cook and the the sauce should become thick and become baked onto the octopus in places.  That's it!  At this point, if you have it, add a bit of freshly chopped basil and cilantro.


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