Octopus and Potatoes

octopus-under-the-knife-0109 As a regular reader you know how much we love Gourmet Magazine and yes, we heard the near horrible news that they be be under by year end – it possibly cannot be true!  Their January issue is really fantastic and is filled with mouth drooling Italian dishes.   There is not one that I do not want to make.

We both love Octopus.  Lenny loves them big or small.  I prefer them small or on a sushi platter.  When I saw a recipe in the January issue I knew I had to make it and after reading it I knew I would be adding my own spin to it.  The recipe calls for jarred octopus –  yick!  The first change would be to use fresh baby ones.  The recipe also calls for using the boiling water from the potatoes – I substituted with some white wine.


This recipe is part of their easy gourmet meals and it was.  I had dinner on the table in less than an hour and this included all the prep work, , i.e. cleaning baby octopuses who had sad little eyes.  While cleaning the little guys, I gently boiled Yukon potatoes until tender.  Then I slowly cooked some red onion with garlic and dried chilies.  Then it was seasoned with red wine vinegar which was reduced to a sweet but sour demiglace.  Right before serving, I added the potatoes, some white beans, the little guys and white wine, and heated through.  La e Pranzo!

This dish is really flavorful and full of texture!  Next time I would probably add a bit more garlic and peppers, otherwise, we really enjoyed it!  If you love octopus you will too!



  1. Kristin says:

    mmmm … tiny heads and eyeballs. I like octopus, especially in sushi and korean pancakes. But my other half would think I was nuts if I tried to serve him this. Oh well. I’ll just have to live vicariously through your photos and description. Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yummers! I love octopus. Even my fussy husband likes it. When we were in Spain, we had a preparation in the Galician style, where they dunk the octopus three times in boiling water before boiling it — this keeps it from seizing — and then tossed with smoked paprika and olive oil. Heavenly!

  3. Trevor Nawalkowski says:

    Love your description here and your whole site. I am motivated to maybe seek out some Octopi myself here:) The tweets are wicked too! Definitely will be re-tweeting quite a few of your comments as you provide such a great food perspective!

    A query about your food photos. I get very mixed results with my attempts. Any thoughts on that? Special flash, white box etc. that helped you the most? I am not looking for a primer on shooting (unless you wanted to do one:), but just a couple of ideas that might smooth some of my worst wrinkles.

  4. Dexie says:

    Hubby and I love octopus. Sushi and the ones from Hibachi restaurants. I wish I know where to get fresh ones to cook this coz it looks really good.

  5. Laura says:

    Saw your blog through foodgawker…just wanted to let you know that baby octopus was on the show “chopped” on the Food Network last night…your dish looks waaay better than all the contestants that I saw last night! Good work! : )

  6. Did someone say “octopus”? This dish looks fabulous . What is even more amazing is your new blog home!
    Congrats guys, great job and let us all know when the housewarming party is!

  7. karoll says:

    please post the recipe. the link does not work. thank you. this sounds delicious.


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