Lunchbreak: Braised Spanish Baby Octopus with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Mint Gremolata

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Executive Chef, Michael Taus, Papa Cenar

Papa Cenar, 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave, Logan Square


Braised Spanish Baby Octopus
with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Mint Gremolata


1-2 pounds Octopus

1/2 t. Salt

2 chopped Garlic Cloves

1 large Carrot rough cut

1 large Onion rough cut

3 wine corks

1 T. Sweet Paprika

3 Bay Leaf

2 Lemons cut in half

3 quarts Water


Roasted Mini Potatoes


Mint Gremolata (recipe follows)

Oven Roasted tomatoes (recipe follows)


Wash and clean octopus, removing the ink sack and internal organs by making a circular cut around the beak with a paring knife and pulling it free (the organs will come with it). Put octopus and all ingredients in deep large pan. Cover with foil put in 300˚ oven for 1-1 ½ hours. Braised until tender. Discard braising liquid. Put octopus in refrigerator. When ready to grill, toss octopus in olive oil. Grill (or sautee) for 30 seconds on each side.

Mint Gremolata
1 cup Finely chopped Italian parsley
½ cup finely chopped Mint
1 Tablespoon minced Basil
1 Tablespoon minced Oregano
1  Cup E.V. Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons White Balsamic Vinegar
2 teaspoons grated Lemon Peel
2 large minced Shallots
1 teaspoon Garlic Oil
Splash of Cholula Hot Sauce

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Oven Dried Tomatoes


24 cherry tomatoes

2 Tablespoon E.V. Olive Oil

1 tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon Chopped Thyme

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a pan with parchment & wire rack. Toss Tomatoes in a bowl with Oil, thyme, salt, Pepper & Sugar. Arrange. Tomatoes, cut sides up, on pan, spaced 1/2 to 1 inch apart. with

Transfer pan to oven; dry until juices have stopped running, edges are shriveled, and pieces have shrunken slightly; timing will vary depending on the variety, ripeness, and desired degree of dryness, 1 1/2 to 6 hours. Let cool.

Plating the Final Dish:

Put a smear of gremolata on plate. Toss warm octopus, tomatoes, and potatoes with a little gremolata.

Garnish with arugula.


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