Octopus Salad : Roasted Tomato. Potato. Red Onion. Celery. Garlic. Sea Salt Capers. Lemon. Chili Oil
Just a week ago at around 11:30 on a Wednesday night, I started thinking about Octopus. My idea for my next post and recipe was so engrossing, and the urge to set out for some cute little suction cups was setting in with a power. So the next day I made it happen. I found myself in 66 degree weather, my mood was electric, with good reason don’t you think? :) And this day was just beginning to be a special one, this air was just breathtaking. I really do cherish it most when it’s super refreshing like that.
So as this beautiful start to my day was picking up, there was no way I was making the mission happen in a quick subway ride away. No. I made sure I enjoyed this feeling in a pleasant stroll worth a long and solid ten avenues. And I arrived at a very special market here in NYC. The Lobster Place.
This company not only supplies some the greatest quality seafood at wholesale to best name restaurants in nyc, but it also holds a very busy retail store inside The Chelsea Market. It’s not just about their lobster here, they offer the widest selection of fish, prepared sushi, chowders, and specialty frozen products that I have seen in a New York seafood market and it’s also one of the few places that sells sushi grade fish in the city. Super plus plus. Talk about absolute godsend.
So here we are. Octopus, the cutest little legs ever!
My most favorite way to enjoy them is in some form of a salad. Here, I slowly cooked the baby octopus in seasoned simmering water for about an hour until tender, let them cool in their own liquid, sliced, and then tossed these little tentacles in a salad with savory and spicy pieces of red onion, baby potatoes, celery, sea salt capers, and roasted cherry tomatoes. It was carried by a combination of good olive and chili oils, crunchy garlic pieces, chopped parsley, and lemon juice. The octopus was perfectly tender and it’s accompaniments were divine. I wanted it to scream from the East.
It did. Straight up Mediterranean.
Hope everyone has just been fabulous lately of course..
-Recipe will be up shortly.