Smoked Octopus Salad for a Fabulous Friday!

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by leah elisheva, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Happy Friday Fabulous Smokers and here's to delicious things all weekend!

    I know that I have 10 zillion octopus posts on here already, plus my "for the love of octopus" thread somewhere here too with so many of my mollusks; BUT, today I mopped some fantastic guys through grape seed oil and smoked them 15 minutes at high heat with hickory on my humble little gas smoker and they were fabulous!

    The legs crispy, the head explosive and so juicy - squirting as I bit into it and deliciously so - but the belly is the softest part (forget pork belly when there are Cephalopods around!) and that was just baby soft and tender as can be!

    The smokey flavor layered beautifully over a salad of miscellaneous items I needed to use up, and I did an avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, pink Himalayan sea salt & ground white pepper dressing that was so savory and amazing!

    No vino at lunch today for me (for a change) as I have to drive out later and so it was just food!

    Meanwhile, here's to grabbing life by the tentacles and to fabulous exotic, healthful, and simply arranged food!

    Cheers and warm wishes, Leah
     
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  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    That looks way better than what I had for lunch. What temp did you smoke them at?
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Damn..... that's my favorite bait for halibut.... BUT..... that stuff would NOT go on the hook.... I'd eat it....
     
  4. Thank you tons Bmaddox! I am thinking 380 or higher on heat. I like to bang it out quickly (not a patient chick) and love what the higher heat does to the kind of foods I rotate most often.

    Thanks too Dave! You were so blessed to have all the world's finest ocean treasures and I agree with you, if having that as bait, I would eat it! The belly part is so damn soft - like baby food! Beautiful treasures from the sea!

    Today is smoked chicken thighs. Here's wishing all a delicious Saturday! Cheers and warm wishes, Leah
     
  5. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Love Octopus ,all sorts of ways. The big guys are getting served here ,simmered with aromatics ,cooled then hit hard & fast with big flavours . Char grilled the best IMO.
    Such a versatile critter.
     
  6. Yes Mick, char grilled is terrific too! Happy Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    LE, Your meal looks excellent ![​IMG]
     
  8. Thank you so much CrazyMoon!

    And happy new week (it's bike week right?) and delicious things to you! This octopus was a treat - especially the soft belly! Cheers and warm wishes, Leah
     
  9. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Very nice! Those plated shots belong in a magazine. So much better than the cucumber/tomato salads I've been packing for lunch.
     
  10. Well thank you so much Xray! I am in love with the soft belly of the octopus! And who is that adorable canine creature in your avatar photo? AMAZING!!! Cheers and many thanks, Leah
     
  11. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    That is Remy, my year and a half old Weimaraner. She is wonderful, loyal, extremely intelligent and just a great dog all around !
     
  12. Well Remy the dog is so very beautiful!!!
     
  13. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Leah

    Been a while.  You keeping well?

    Fantastic looking meal, and plated with your usual style--in that one pic, the octopus on the edge of the plate looks like a Chinese dragon

    Gary
     
  14. millerbuilds

    millerbuilds Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am going to add this to my list of things to try!  It looks great, thanks for sharing!!!
     
  15. Thank you so much Millerbuilds!
    These truly are a treat!
    Happy Father's Day!
    Cheers! - Leah
     
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  16. That dish looks incredible! Beautiful presentation Leah!
     
  17. Thank you Captain Randy! I think octopus, calamari & cuttlefish are great treasures!!!!!! Happy new week!!!
     
  18. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Shortest day of the year,celebrated in Hobart Tasmania by several hundred people swimming nude in the Derwent River. 1c on shore 10c in the water.
    Organised event ,life guards etc. They do it every year. Got a bit of mind of their own those Tasmanians!
     
  19. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Correction 725 people did the swim.All about mid year renewal of spirit ,cleansing & going forward. Don't know what they ate afterwards so much seafood to choose from in Tassie.
    Hope your well .
    Mick
     
  20. Mick, I keep LOVING everything Tassie! And from what you share it sounds like my kind of place and more and more! Happy Tuesday! Just back from a pal's and will get to e-mail later too! Cheers!!!! - Leah
     

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