This recipe is a smart, delicious, Spanish-inflected way to cook octopus. Dipping the tentacles in hot water before cooking helps firm them up so they hold their shape.
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1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 bay leaves
1 3/4 pounds octopus tentacles
3/4 pound potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 teaspoons chopped thyme
5 ounces cured Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/2-inch dice
Shredded shiso (optional)
How to Make It
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil with the onion and bay leaves. Using tongs, carefully dip the octopus into the boiling water 3 times, then leave it in the water. Cook the octopus over moderately low heat until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from the heat and let the octopus stand in the water for 10 minutes; drain. Cut the octopus into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with water and add salt. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderate heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Toss the potatoes with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the thyme; season with salt and pepper.
In a grill pan, cook the chorizo over moderately high heat until warmed through, 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the potatoes and octopus to the pan and cook until hot and the potatoes are golden in spots, 5 minutes. Add to the chorizo, season with salt and pepper and toss. Drizzle with oil, garnish with shiso, if using, and serve.
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Review Body: This was pretty good. I had to boil the octopus for two hours before it was tender enough. I also added sharp paprika and garlic when I seared the octopus for more flavor. I substituted mint leaves for the shiso.