Octopus and potato terrine

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 10 people

  • 3 large Desiree potatoes (900gm), scrubbed
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra leaves to serve
  • 1½ tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 100 gm black Italian olives, such as Gaeta, pitted, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 10 gm bottarga or mullet roe
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  • Boiled octopus
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • Juice and rind of 1½ lemons
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 3 small garlic cloves, bruised
  • 1 octopus (about 600gm), cleaned
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
01   For boiled octopus, combine celery, carrot, onion, half the lemon juice and all the rind, bay leaf, 1 garlic clove and 2.5 litres water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat, add octopus, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer until tender (50 minutes). Remove from heat, cool octopus in liquid (1½-2 hours), then drain (discard liquid).
02   Separate octopus head from tentacles and remove beak. Cut head and tentacles into 1cm pieces and transfer to a non-reactive container with remaining lemon juice, remaining garlic, vinegar and olive oil, season to taste and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
03   Cook potatoes in simmering salted water until tender (25-30 minutes). Drain well, then peel, mash roughly, add lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste. Cool to room temperature (15-20 minutes), then add chopped herbs.
04   Press half the potato mixture into a 6cm-deep, 10cm x 20cm loaf tin lined with plastic wrap. Drain octopus well (discard garlic), and arrange on top of potato, then top with remaining potato mixture, pressing firmly into tin.
05   Combine olives and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Turn terrine onto serving plate, remove plastic wrap, top with olive mixture, grate bottarga over, scatter with parsley, drizzle with olive oil, and serve at room temperature.
This recipe is from the March 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

ORAZIO D’ELIA, FLAVIO CARNEVALE , FABIO DORE, POPOLO, SYDNEY

Photography:

PRUE RUSCOE

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

2008 SURRAU VERMENTINO BRUT, SARDEGNA. , suggested by FABIO DORE

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