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!