Octopus Taco, Sofrito Aioli & Coconut Rum Foam Recipe by Mario Pagan

Octopus Taco, Sofrito Aioli & Coconut Rum Foam Recipe by Mario Pagan
Course 
Appetizer
Entree
Sofrito
Serves 
Country of Origin 
Preparation Time 
About This Recipe 

This year, tennis champ Serena Williams will host the 14th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis alongside legendary chef Marcus Samuelsson on Thursday, August 22rd at the W New York. The charity event teams up tennis pros and celeb chefs like Puerto Rico's Mario Pagan, who supplied this sneak peek of his specially-designed dish for the event!

Ingredients 

For the "Masa de Agua" (shell masa):

  • 1.5 c Water
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable  Shortening
  • 1 lb AP Flower (sifted)

 

Combine all the ingredients. Let rest for 2 hours in the refrigerator and kneed and divide into 2" balls and then press with the bottom of an oiled plate to make the shells. You can replace with Moo Shu pancakes. Fry in a "taco" frying mold until golden in 350d oil.

 

For the Octopus:

  • 3 lb Octopus (clean)
  • 2 qt Water for Boiling
     

Pound the octopus with a kitchen hammer to tenderize. Boil in low heat for an hour and a half. Slice and let ready.

 

For the "Sofrito":

  • 1 ea Red Bell Peppers (seeded)
  • 2 ea Green Bell Peppers or Cubanelle (seeded)
  • 2 ea Ají Dulce or Spicy Peppers (seeded)
  • 4 Culantro Leaves (big leaf cilantro)
  • 1 Cilantro Sprig (no stems)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves

 

Pulse everything on a food processor to a paste like consistency .

 

For the Aïoli:

  • 2tbsp "Sofrito" Paste
  • 4 Egg Yolks
  • 2 c Spanish Olive Oil(puro)
  • Salt & Pepper

 

Add the paste, eggs and season in a food processor. While on, pour the olive oil in an thin stream like drop.

 

For the Coconut Foam:

  • 1 tsp Lecithin Powder
  • 1 oz.  Coconut Rum
  • 2oz. Coconut Milk

 

Combine and foam with a electric emulsifier or hand blender.

Preparation 

Combine the Octopuss with the Aïoli and fill every shell. Top with the coconut foam and enjoy!

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