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Favorite octopus recipes

Postby fennel » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:24 pm

We recently tried a recipe with whole octopuses that we simmered in a broth of white wine, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, and cayenne. After the simmer, we removed the beasts, sliced them up, then further simmered in a racy little puttanesca –– all of which was served with whole rice and a little parm. Pure glee ensued.

Can anyone suggest other favorite recipes? Surely, there's an underground Wisconsin tradition of cooking octopus. What did mom make?
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby kurt_w » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:46 pm

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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby fennel » Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:08 pm

kurt_w wrote:No, I haven't tried any of those, I was just being funny.
Please doooo report back when you've tried them all. You seem to be off to a good start.

Cleaning the octopuses was a bit odd. To do a good job, you really need to invert the head cavity to scrub out the brainy bits. The final result is worth it, though.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:23 am

fennel wrote:Please doooo report back when you've tried them all. You seem to be off to a good start.


Sorry, but I actually have a live-and-let-live policy with the octopi. They don't turn my head cavity inside out, scrape out the brains[1], and slice me up; and I don't do that to them.

:?

[1] Presumably with tweezers or some other very small implement...
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby doppel » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:33 am

Another simple recipe for octopus.
1. Take two octopi
2. Throw them in the trash
3. Enjoy...something with no more than four appendages
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:56 am

My favorite eat-at-home octopus recipe is simple:
1. Open can of octopus
2. Eat octopus

Of course, I love octopus, so maybe I'll get adventurous and try one of the recipes kurt posted.

Also, nice job using the (most) correct plural of octopus, fennel.
Kurt and doppel, here's a snotty explanation of why octopi is wrong. (I like how the author essentially argues that all plurals of octopus are wrong. My solution: never speak of more than one octopus, and certainly only eat one at a time.)
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:04 am

Sorry, Prof, I've heard the explanation before but I just like the way "octopi" sounds.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:25 am

kurt_w wrote:Sorry, Prof, I've heard the explanation before but I just like the way "octopi" sounds.
I admit, I do too. Although, I also like the way it would sound as a Hebrew plural: octopim (pronounced: octo-peem).
I really only linked to the above because I enjoyed the snottiness of it. (I count 7 uses of "pedant" by the author, all employed without any apparent self-reflection.)
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:28 am

Plus, if you actually read the explanation you linked to, you'd see that there is, in fact, very defensible logic for using "octopi" as the plural.

"Octopus" is a modern coinage (by Linnaeus) and was formed by analogy with the Latin "polypus". The Latin plural of "polypus" is apparently "polypi", so the plural of "octopus" should damn well be "octopi". Doesn't matter if the original Greek "polypous" would have formed its plural differently.

The plural of "polypus" is "polypi".

"Octopus" is analogized to "polypus".

Therefore, the plural of "octopus" is "octopi".
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:33 am

How pedantic.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:36 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:How pedantic.


A perfect case of the black pot calling the other pot that is also black "black"....

:D
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby snoqueen » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:20 pm

1. Take two octopi
2. Throw them in the trash


I second this. If god intended midwesterners to eat octopus, he'd have put some in Lake Michigan.

In other words, fennel is right, sorta.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby Galoot » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:39 pm

They're pretty popular here in Brazil, and I'll eat it if it is put in front of me, but I'm not likely to order it.

I haven't gotten my shit together for a good snorkeling trip here yet. I'd like to spear some fish, but I don't have any interest in collecting any octopus. They're just too damned cute and intelligent.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby snoqueen » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:29 pm

They're just too damned cute and intelligent.


Slippery slope alert. If you think too hard about this you'll quit eating any meat at all. Do not ask me how I know this.
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Re: Favorite octopus recipes

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:45 pm

doppel wrote:Enjoy...something with no more than four appendages

So no shrimp or lobster either?
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