Enjoy Eric’s preparation of Anthony Bourdain’s Seafood Stew from On The Table Episode One. Print Recipe
Place ham, celery, onion, garlic, peppercorns, paprika, and parsley in a large pot of water. Bring to a slow simmer over medium-low heat and cook for 1 hour. After 1 hour, place the whole octopus in the stock and cook, uncovered, until completely tender or can be easily pierced with a sharp knife, 45 minutes to 1½ hours. Remove the octopus from the cooking liquid and set aside to cool.
Remove tentacles from the head of cooled octopus, and slice into ½-inch pieces.
Arrange octopus pieces in a round shape in the center of each plate. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish generously with paprika. Drizzle with olive oil and a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice. Serve immediately.