Dalmatian Octopus SaladDalmatinska salata od hobotnice
This is a salad that seafood lovers will enjoy. A trick we learned from a friend, who is a native of Split in Dalmatia, is to boil the octopus with a few wine corks in order to help make it tender. Strange, but true; it really works. Serve with crackers or breadsticks.Serves 4 1 large octopus, cleaned and rinsed2 to 3 wine corks, if at all possible 1 red onion, thinly sliced olive oilwine vinegar juice of 1 lemon salt and pepper to taste1 clove garlic, minced2 to 3 tablespoons chopped parsley2 tablespoons capers (optional)Pound the octopus with a meat mallet. Place in a saucepan with water to just cover the octopus, add the wine corks. Simmer over medium heat for about 3 hours untilcompletely tender. Let cool in its cooking water, then chop or slice the octopus and place in salad bowl. Add the sliced onion. Season with olive oil, wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley. Add capers if desired.$ Buy cleaned octopus at quality supermarkets and fish markets. You may also find octopus that is cleaned and frozen, just thaw and cook. ? Use fat-free or low-fat Italian dressing instead of the olive oil and vinegar.
Source: The Best of Croatian Cooking