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Octopus Carpaccio
Octopus Carpaccio
Method

For the octopus

  • Place a large pot over very low heat.
  • Add the octopus along with the spices and onion. Add enough water to cover.
  • Simmer for about 1 hour, until the octopus is tender but not overly soft to where it falls apart.
  • You want the water to just be slightly bubbling; not boiling vigorously, so that the membrane on the octopus doesn’t rip or ruin.
  • When ready, remove from octopus from pot and set it aside to cool for only 10 minutes, no longer.
  • Allow the aromatics to continue boiling in the pot, until the water reduces to 1/10 of its starting volume.
  • When ready, pour into a strainer, reserving the stock and discarding the aromatics.
  • Cut off the octopus tentacles.
  • Cut the hood into pieces and place in freezer to use at a later time, in a recipe like this.
  • Spread a sheet of plastic wrap over a chopping board and lay out the tentacles one next to the other facing you. Place them alternating between the thin end of tentacle and the thicker part of the tentacle where it was cut, as if you were creating a log.
  • Begin folding the plastic wrap over the tentacles and rolling, as if you were making a sausage.
  • You have to roll quite tightly so that the tentacles are completely stuck together.
  • Hold the edges of the plastic wrap and twist so that the “sausage” can be sealed.
  • Transfer to a baking pan and refrigerate for 4-5 hours.

For the dressing

  • Beat all of the ingredients for the dressing in a blender, until completely combined.

To serve

  • Remove the plastic wrap from around the tentacles and use a very sharp knife to thinly slice. Slice as much octopus as you want to serve.
  • Arrange nicely on a serving platter and drizzle with dressing.
  • Top with capers, black rocket leaves and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.
  • Store the rest of the octopus “sausage” in the refrigerator or freezer to be used at a later date.
Tip
If you can’t find black rocket leaves easily, you can use any other type of aromatic greens you like.
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

356
Calories (kcal)
18 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

23.0
Total Fat (g)
33 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

3.3
Saturated Fat (g)
16 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

0.95
Total Carbs (g)
0 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

0.84
Sugars (g)
1 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

36.0
Protein (g)
72 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

0.14
Fibre (g)
1 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.26
Sodium (g)
4 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.