Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Delicious Baby Octopus with Sauerkraut

First of all: Happy New Year to all of you, let it bring all the best to you and your loved ones!
I decided my first post in 2013 to be about a very special recipe, created by me on the last day of 2012. I was wondering what special dish to cook for the New Year's eve when a crazy idea came to my mind: "What could happen if I combined such a typical Bulgarian food as sauerkraut with something so rare in our geographic latitude as octopus"? It was risky as I wouldn't have enough time to cook something else for dinner but I decided to give it a try as in my head those two ingredients combined in a perfect harmony: octopus being so hard to digest and yet so delicious if prepared in the right way, and sauerkraut - the food that works so well on digesting.
It took me about two hours to prepare the dish but the result paid back in a big way: I can firmly state that this is one of my best recipes ever!

So here it goes, my first 2013 recipe for you:

Ingredients (4 servings):
1. Baby octopus: 500 grams;
2. Sauerkraut: 1 medium head;
2. Organic carrots: 2 medium;
3. Garlic: 6-7 cloves;
4. Onions: 2 medium;
5. Extra virgin organic olive oil;
6. Himalaya Salt: 1 teaspoon;
7. Organic apple: 1 medium;
8. Vinegar: 1/2 cup;
9. Brandy: 1 cup (I used Remy Martin);

Preparation: In order to save time, you need to do the first two phases of the preparation almost simultaneously:

Phase One: Baby Octopus preparation
Step 1: Clean the baby octopus well. It requires less effort than cleaning the big ones but you can't skip it;
Step 2: Put the cleaned octopus in water, add vinegar, the garlic cloves and 2-3 spoons of olive oil and put to boil for approximately 50 min;

Phase Two: Sauerkraut preparation
Step 1: Chop finely the onions, grate the carrots and apple and mix together;
Step 2: Choose a deep pan with a cover, put the mixture from Step 1 in and pour enough olive oil to grease it well;

 Step 3: Put the cover on, and leave it at medium heat until caramelized (took me 20 min);

Step 4: Chop the sauerkraut in 2-3 cm pieces and put in the pan, when Step 3 completed;

Step 5: Put the cover on and leave for another 20 min to allow the sauerkraut to soften. Stir well every 5-6 min;

Phase Three: Sauerkraut & Baby Octopus preparation
Step 1: Choose an ovenproof pan with a lid and put half of the mixture prepared in Phase Two in;
Step 2: Put the ready baby octopus on it;

Step 3: Put the rest of the sauerkraut mixture, pour the brandy in, and cover with the lid;

Step 4: Put in a preheated oven (180 degrees C) for an hour;

Step 5: Serve while hot;

Enjoy this special meal with special people!


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Lina said...

It is soo delicious! Thank you a lot for this recipe! Merry Christmas!

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