Friday, April 11, 2008

Boiled Octopus

Boiled Octopus
From: kaiwik

First, get an octopus! If you get yours at the beach, sling it against the rocks a bit to help tenderize it. Gut the hood, being watchful of the beak, remove the beak and the eyes. Be aware that the octopus will not realize that it's dead, and will still try to escape.

If it is a large octopus you will want to detach the legs from the hood. Have a large pot of salted boiling water ready, and cook the legs in batches, then cook the hood. I generally boil them for about 20 minutes, and then let them sit in the hot liquid, covered, for another 20 minutes. This helps when removing the skin. Allow the legs and hood to cool and then slip the skin off. Put the hood aside for another recipe.

The legs are now ready to eat. Slice across the legs into 1/2 inch rounds. Eat warm or cold, dipping them into Worcestershire or cocktail sauce.

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