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