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    Oktapodi Toursi (Pickled Octopus)

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    97 hrs

    96 hrs

    1 hr

    Iowahorse's Note:

    A classic Greek inspired dish.

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    1. 1
      Prepare and wash the octopus.
    2. 2
      Place the head and tentacles in a pan with 6-8tbsp water, cover and simmer for 60 to 75 minutes until it is tender.
    3. 3
      Test it with a skewer.
    4. 4
      Drain off any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
    5. 5
      Cut the flesh into 1/2" strips and pack them loosely into a screw-topped jar.
    6. 6
      Mix enough oil and vinegar to fill the jar- the exact amount will depend on the relative volumes of the seafood and the container- stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
    7. 7
      If you are using dried thyme, mix it with the liquid at this stage.
    8. 8
      Pour it over the octopus, making sure that every last piece is completely immersed.
    9. 9
      If you are using thyme stalks, push them into the jar.
    10. 10
      Cover the jar and set it aside for at least 4-5 days before using.
    11. 11
      To serve, drain the octopus and serve it on small individual plates or saucers with the lemon wedges.
    12. 12
      Cubes of at least one-day old bread, speared on cocktail sticks, are the usual accompaniment.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 13, 2005


      Very nice, suttle and well balanced flavour, just like the ones I had in Greece years ago. I just wondered, as I am not used handling octopus, if preparing the octopus involves taking the skin off? It turns red as cooked and seems to create a lot of "crumbs" in cooking water, wich need to be rinsed off the octopus bits before marinating them. Nevertheless, end result was so good, I will be making it again. Skin off or on.

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    Nutritional Facts for Oktapodi Toursi (Pickled Octopus)

    Serving Size: 1 (158 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 226.7
    Calories from Fat 133
    Total Fat 14.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    Cholesterol 61.2 mg
    Sodium 294.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 19.1 g

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