How to Cook Octopus Like Bobby Flay

The star chef explains how to cook octopus so that it's tender and flavorful.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] We can talk about whatever you want. It doesn't even have to be about food. [LAUGH] Where do you like to eat? What's that smell right now? What's the smell? It smells like burning wax. [LAUGH] Do we have security here? [LAUGH] Burning wax? That's a bad thing No, you know what it is- Well, I was asking, I was concerned. I thought maybe something was burning that nobody knew about. No, ma'am, we wouldn't let that happen. Maybe it's these. These are corks. What is he doing cooking corks, right? [LAUGH] Well I'm gonna show you. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] [LAUGH] What are we doing here? Okay, we're gonna cook the octopus, and first we're gonna boil it. We only have 45 minutes, so we kinda gotta get going. Boiling water, and we wanna flavor the water. We have some bay leaves and some black peppercorns. We have some fresh garlic. [BLANK_AUDIO] Some sherry vinegar, A very underutilized ingredient. Everybody wants to use balsamic, I love balsamic vinegar too. Go to the store, buy sherry vinegar, a sherry vinegar, it's fantastic. I'm gonna put a little vinegar in here, flavor up the water. And we have corks. Readily available in any tent in Aspen. [LAUGH] They'll be glad to give them to you. Take them home, and we're gonna put this into the water. Now you're saying to yourself, why is he putting corks in the water? I don't know why it works, but it does. I don't think it's a myth, I think it really does work. I think there's an enzyme in the cork that helps keep the color, somebody said to me, it helps keep the color, but I think it really helps tenderize it. Now, here's the other thing that's on your recipe We don't have a sink up here, so I'm gonna improvise. Now you must take your octopus. You have to be confident when you hold this octopus. [LAUGH] And you have to hit it against the sink. [LAUGH] What? How many times? Ten times. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] We didn't even rehearse that. I'm not saying nine or 11, 12, 15. It's gotta be ten, and I have never done it differently and every time it comes out tender, so I'm not even gonna try to switch it up. I don't even try to fake it out and do it 11 times. So make believe this is a sink. One [LAUGH] Two. Three. This is the way I taught my daughter how to count. Four. [LAUGH] Five. Six. Seven. Eight. You want to sit in the front. Nine. [LAUGH] Ten. Thank you very much, put it in the boiling water with the corks. Okay. Now you have two hours to do whatever you want. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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How to Cook Octopus Like Bobby Flay