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The octopus. With the potatoes. Into the oven.

August 19, 2013

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…and the octopus got into the oven along with the potatoes and came close to each other.

And they exchanged their juices, slowly melted into each others’ flesh and caramelized….

I just added a couple of spices so as to spice up a little bit more the situation here.

And watched them “loving” each other.

Never before a food has been such a pleasure. For the eye, for the mouth, for all senses.

P.S.: Proper for under of age.

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Adopted from Bostanistas


  • 1 octopus -fresh or frozen
  • potatoes cut in big pieces -as many as you want so as to fill in your pan
  • 6-8 garlic cloves -don’t be afraid of them, they don’t smell when they’re baked and they give all the flavour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • about 10 allspice grains
  • olive oil
  • pepper


  1. Preheat the oven at 200 C (390 F)
  2. Wash the octopus well and slice it to pieces -not too small because it shrinks while it is cooked. Put it into the pan.
  3. Fill in the pan with the potatoes, the garlic cloves and the rest ingredients (bay, allspice, pepper and olive oil). Don’t add salt because the octopus is too salty and its salt is usually enough for the whole food. I just added an extra pinch of salt.
  4. Pour some water -don’t cover the ingredients, until the medium of the potatoes and put it into the oven.
  5. Lower the temperature at 160-170 C (320-340 F) and let it for about 2 and 2 1/2 hours until the octopus is very soft and caramelized.
  6. Bread, wine or beer. Enjoy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2013 5:51 pm

    What a lovely flavour combo, yet so simple.

    • August 21, 2013 6:15 pm

      I tend to believe that simple is the best -and most of the times the tastier too!!

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