Grilled Shrimp and Octopus Salad with Piquillo Pepper Fondue and Crispy Chick Peas

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
1 hr
15 min
30 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Piquillo Pepper Fondue:
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shallots, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 2 cans piquillo peppers, drained (roasted red peppers can be substituted)
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 pound tenderized baby octopus, blanched and cleaned
  • 1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 pounds watercress, stemmed and well washed
  • 2 cups cooked chick peas, fried until crispy
  • Preheat a grill to 500 degrees F.

  • Place the olive oil in a medium heated shallow pot. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until golden brown. Add the piquillo peppers and orange juice and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove form the heat and puree in a blender. Season, to taste.

  • Toss the octopus and shrimp with the extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook until charred on the outside. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with the sliced red onions, lemon juice, water cress and Piquillo Pepper Fondue. Season, to taste, and finish with the crispy chick peas.

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