pulpo a la gallega

This Recipe is courtesy of our friend and collaborator, Jen Yuen of Sunday Dinner Diary.

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Impress & treat Your Hungry Friends at your next dinner party with this delicious octopus appetizer, which can also be served as a main course.

I combined the flavors & recipe concepts for 2 of my favorite tapas from Spanish Cuisine -- Pulpo A La Gallega & Patatas Bravas -- to create this Sundaydinnerdiary Spin on these Spanish Food classics.


TIP: Freeze the octopus before cooking, as defrosting will naturally tenderize it.


Octopus & Potatoes:
Whole octopus (mine was 4.3 lbs & sourced from @allfreshseafood)
3 TBSP Kosher Salt
3 Bay leaves
5 Yukon Gold #Potatoes
Quality Spanish Olive OiL, as needed
Smoked Spanish Paprika, as needed
Microgreens, to garnish
Maldon Salt, to garnish & to taste
"Bravas"-Inspired Sauce:
1/2 cup Mayonnaise 
1/2 cup Ketchup
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 TSP Smoked Paprika
1/4 cup Quality Spanish Olive Oil
1 TSP Tabasco Sauce, or to taste
Bring large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Turn heat down to medium. Dip a whole octopus tentacles first into the water 3 times. Tentacles will curl, then submerge, add bay leaves, cover & cook for 25 mins. Turn off heat entirely & poach (covered) for additional 25 mins. Remove octopus from water & cool. Discard head & separate the tentacles. Using a paper towel, gently wipe off outer layer of skin from tentacles. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with EVOO. 
Peel & boil potatoes in salted water for 25 mins. Cool, slice, then stack & press slices into round metal molds. Drizzle with EVOO. Set them on a lined baking sheet.
Bake potatoes in 400F oven for 10 mins, then turn on the broiler. Place the prepared octopus in the oven as well. Broil everything for 5 additional minutes to get a slight char
Sautée garlic in EVOO until fragrant then combine with all sauce ingredients. Mix well.
Add sauce, then nestle a potato "cake" on top. Place octopus over the potato. Garnish with EVOO, paprika, microgreens, maldon.
Pulpo A La Gallega
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