Grilled Octopus Salad AND Grilled Octopus w Balsamic Sofrito Reduction, Broccoli Rabe and Mango Salsa

I grilled Octopus after braising it in red wine for an hour.. then tossed it with red onions, celery, red peppers, mint and parlsley in a lemony vinaigrette…delicious.
The ugliest foods sometimes turn out to be the tastiest.
I braised the Octopus , by throwing it in red wine and lemon and letting it stew for about an hour til tender like a potato.
Meanwhile, I tossed together diced red onion and celery,yellow cherry tomatoes, red peppers, garlic, corn, fresh mint and parlsley, garlic , cumin , lemon zest and juice and olive oil…I let it sit for a while so the flavors could introduce each other..
I threw the precooked octopus on the very hot grill after tossing it in olive oil and garlic. About 5 minutes per side til blackened..
It was hard not to nibble on this as I chopped it up…seriously, at this point it tastes like candy.
Boom..I toss it all together..added some lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste….
…and served it atop some nice crusty baguettes….Delicioso!!!
I also took a whole grilled octoupus drizzled with a balsamic sofrito reduction and served it alongside broccoli rabe, and a spicy mango-yellow tomato chutney.

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