Advice 1: How to cook octopus

Low-fat, neutral taste, octopus meat is rich in protein and nutrients that contain seafood (fatty amino acids, iodine, phosphorus). Usually, it is cooked with hot and spicy seasonings, perfectly set off the natural flavor of the octopus.
How to cook octopus
You will need
    • For octopus fried in Cyprus:
    • 1 kg cleaned octopus;
    • 1 onions;
    • 4 garlic cloves;
    • 100 g pine nuts;
    • 100 g green olives;
    • 1 lemon;
    • soy sauce;
    • olive oil (for frying);
    • salt
    • ground black pepper.
    • For fried octopus:
    • 500 g octopus;
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil;
    • 4 onions;
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste;
    • 8 large olives;
    • 1 tbsp capers;
    • 1 tbsp chopped mint;
    • 1 tbsp. red wine;
    • spices to taste.
    • For octopus grilled on skewers:
    • 600 g octopus;
    • 40 g of soy sauce;
    • 1 tsp of sugar;
    • 1 clove of garlic;
    • green onion (to taste);
    • vegetable oil;
    • pepper (to taste).
Octopus fried in Cyprus Rinse with cold running water octopus, cut into small pieces (2x2, 2x3 cm), put in a colander to glass excess fluid. Slice the onions thin half-rings, chop the garlic finely, olives cut into rings.
In a pan heat olive oil, saute the onions until translucent state, add the garlic, olives, and a peeled pine nuts, stir, cook for 5-7 minutes, continuing to stir constantly. Add octopus, lightly fry, pour the lemon juice and soy sauce, simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated by half, about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper.
Arendajatele octopus ink sack and eyes, if the octopuses are not gutted, rinse the carcass under running water, slightly repel the carcass with a hammer, cut into small pieces, approximately 3 3 cm
Finely chop the onions, heat the pan vegetable oil, fry onion until light Golden brown, add the chopped octopus, saute about 8-10 minutes, add the olives, capers, spices, tomato paste, stir, simmer until tender about 1.5 hours, adding red wine when the liquid gets low.
Add the chopped mint when the octopus is ready. Serve with a side dish of spaghetti or potatoes.
Octopus, fried on a spit Have the octopus (remove the innards and eyes), scald with boiling water, remove the skin from the tentacles, cut into pieces 8-10 cm long, a width of about 1-2 inches and thickness of 0.5-1 centimeter.
Chop the onion and garlic, mix with sugar, chopped octopus and pepper, add the soy sauce and a little vegetable oil, cover and leave to marinate in a cool place for 40 minutes. String the pieces of octopus on a skewer 4-5 pieces at a time, and cook over fire on the grill until tender.

Advice 2: How to cut octopus

In large supermarkets you can find products that can not be called usual. But try them anyway I want, how I want new adventures, bright events and new flavors. And then sneak up questions: how it to prepare? Which side to approach? Including to the octopus.
How to cut octopus
You will need
    • an octopus weighing about 1 kg.
For starters, get familiar with the theoretical part: the octopus is a cephalopod mollusc, eaten it in many cultures. The Japanese, for example, sushi with raw octopus. The body of the octopus has no bones, it is composed entirely of muscles. Muscles have a complex multi-layered structure; the heat treatment occurs the folding of protein, meat can become tough.
Take the octopus; choose better young, weighing up to 1 kg. the Flesh must be firm, the skin shiny and brown, and the white part of the eyes should be large and transparent. The smell of the octopus is similar to regular fish, not very distinct.
Wash the octopus in cold tap water, touching each of the tentacles and removing the dirt with a chance of slime and other "surprises". Then you need to gut it cut part of the head above the eyes of the octopus. Invert the body and remove the entrails, eyes and the ink sack. Then remove the beak: you have to squeeze the top part of the body between the tentacles and cut the body. The skin from the tentacles can pull off a boiled octopus-like grip.
To the meat of the octopus is soft, there is a choice of two methods for the preparation of octopus.The first method is freezing. The water contained in the tissues will turn into ice and will destroy the natural intramuscular. Soak the octopus in the freezer at least 24 hours, and then leave to thaw on the top shelf in the fridge. Similarly, you can do this with purchased frozen octopus.The second method is suitable when there is no time to freeze. This is known as "scare the octopus". Prepare two pans: first, pour the ice water, and the second fill with water and boil it. Take the octopus head and lower it alternately first in a pot of boiling water, then in cold water. Five or six times will be enough. As a result of sudden changes in temperature of the connective tissue will be partially destroyed. Then dip the octopus in boiling water and doverite until tender.
Octopus weighing about 1 kg should be cooked for an average of 40 minutes. If weight gain of 1 kg need to increase the cooking time another 15 minutes.
Useful advice
In the water you can put spices, garlic and a bit of dry wine in order to fight off the fishy smell. If there is at hand a cork from the wine, it is also possible to throw in the broth. It well draws odors.
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