I decided to start with the unusual, and at the same time pay tribute to one of the cult works of the king of horror Howard Lovecraft and his "call of Cthulhu", where the role of the ancient deity was just Cthulhu - almost an octopus. Today we have this Ancient Horror will turn into an interesting appetizer - the "tulsat" that look like a mini copy of him, but not at all scary, but delicious.
The photo shows the necessary ingredients.
For this dish, you need so-called baby octopuses, they are about 4 cm in size. Many people think that these are children of adult octopuses, but in fact they are just a small species. This recipe is not suitable for large octopuses.
If your octopuses are frozen like mine, they're probably already gutted. If fresh, remove the brain and beak with a sharp little knife.
The octopuses themselves are thawed at room temperature, otherwise they will be hard. Naughty guys.
Pour a spoonful of olive oil into the pan and warm it up. On the heated throw our cthulhu. Fry for two minutes, no more, the longer you fry, the more rubbery they become. All the time we mix, before your eyes, the ktulshata will begin to shrink and curl their tentacles beautifully. Juice will start to stand out, do not pour it out.
One of my cthulhu decided to sing)
As soon as a couple of minutes have passed, we dump the octopuses into a deep dish along with the juice. Let it cool down a little, just a couple of minutes.
While the octopuses are cooling, we will make the filling: Chop the parsley, press the garlic cloves with a wide knife, holding it flat, thereby squeezing the juice out of them, quickly chop it (you can just squeeze it out).
Mix all the spices, remaining oil, soy sauce, pour this mixture of octopuses. The container with them is either covered with a lid or food wrap and sent to the refrigerator until completely cooled. Half an hour was enough for me, but it's better to keep them there for four hours.
Done! And now about the nuances:
- Octopuses sooo much lose in size when cooking, three times become smaller, be prepared for this.
- I was aiming for a beautiful dish, so whole octopuses, if you want more convenience than beauty - cut them before frying - separate the head and divide the carcass in half or into 4 parts, it will be more convenient to eat.
-I think this recipe is suitable for frozen sea cocktails, but I haven't tried it, try it at your own risk.