Charred Baby Octopus with Grilled Bread and Tomato Sauce
METHOD:For the Octopus:
Combine octopus, lemon, carrot, onion, celery, wine, thyme, bay leaf, and garlic in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer and cook 1 to 2 hours, or until octopus is tender. Remove pot from heat and let octopus cool down in the liquid until cool enough to handle. Remove from liquid, season, and reserve.For the Tomato Sauce:
Drain tomatoes from their juice and chop finely. Sweat onion, carrot and basil in olive oil until soft. Raise heat and add tomatoes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring often for 20 minutes. Reserve warm.For Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette:
Combine lemon, oregano and oil and mix.To Assemble and Serve:
Remove Octopus form liquid and place on a hot grill until lightly charred on all sides. Remove from grill and toss in a bowl with Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette. Slice four thick slices of baguette and grill on both sides. Spoon tomato sauce on plate, place bread in middle, and top with Octopus. Drizzle Vinaigrette over and around Octopus and serve immediately.