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Kellari's Charcoal Grilled Octopus With Red Wine Oregano Vinaigrette

By chef-owner Gregory Zapantis


  • 5 Octopus 10-12 oz Each                              
  • 10 Black peppercorns, crushed             
  • 5 Bay leaves   
  • 1 Liter  Red Wine Vinegar                                          

Tenderize octopus in washing machine by putting it through one cycle.  5 octopus can be done at one time in machine.


  • 2 parts    Red wine vinegar
  • 1 part      Red Wine
  • 1/4 Cup  Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup     Dried Oregano
  • 1 Cup     Olive Oil

Place all ingredients except oil in quart container and cover with oil.

Red Wine Oregano Vinaigrette:

  • 2 ltr-Red wine vinegar
  • 2 ltr-Red wine
  • 25 Pcs-Bay Leaves
  • 1 Cup-Black pepper
  • 7 Pcs-Shallots rough chopped
  • 10 Pcs-Cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 8 tbl-Honey

Procedure:  Place all ingredients in a medium stockpot bring to
boil and reduce to ½. Remove from heat and all spices to steep into red
wine vinegar reduction.

Oregano oil:

  • 1 Gal Blended oil
  • 3 Bu. Oregano, Fresh
  • 2 c  Oregano, Dried


Place all ingredients in medium pot and bring to a boil & simmer
for 20 minutes remove from heat and all herbs to steep for 1 hour.
Strain through chinois.
To finish vinaigrette: Store oil & reduce separately. Pour equal parts of both to complete vinaigrette.

For Shallots:
Shallots, thinly sliced, Chopped parsley, Vinaigrette, Dried oregano, Salt & black pepper.

To order, toss 1/4C shallots with vinaigrette, parsley, dried oregano, seasoning.
Place shallots on bottom of plate, center.  Slice octopus into 1/4-inch
pieces on a bias. Toss with vinaigrette & herbs (chives &
parsley).  Place on top of shallots.  Garnish with  Chopped Parsley,
Chopped Chives, Vinaigrette, Dried oregano.

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Address: 19 West 44th St., at 5th Ave.

One Comment

  1. Oregano, commonly called “the pizza herb,” is one of the most widely-used herbs worldwide, so it is hard to imagine anyone not having tried it. However, oregano was virtually unused in America until returning World War II soldiers heightened the popularity of pizza. ,””^

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