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Enhance your Halloween dining experience with this terror from the sea! Made with sushi-grade octopus, these toasted seaweed-wrapped delights are as tasty as they are scary.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steamed rice, steamed in fish stock
  • 4 rashers of cooked bacon, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 small octopus tentacles
  • 8 sheets of Nori (toasted seaweed)
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt

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Step 1: Prep Rice and Shells

Prepare the rice and bacon in advance, however you like, being sure to keep the rice warm until needed.

Taking a pair of scissors, cut the toasted seaweed sheets into a circle and fold each over a rolling pin while applying a small amount of warm water as you bend them. Set aside.

Step 2: Prep Octopus

To prepare the tentacles, immerse them in boiling water with a tablespoon of sea salt, and reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. Dice them as fine or as coarse as you like. I prefer to cut mine into matchstick-sized strips. Be sure to keep two inches of the skinny end of the tentacle whole. You will want people to see that nice little curly bit sticking out.

Step 3: Build

Divide the octopus, bacon, rice, and mango amongst the seaweed “shells” and stuff. Place the ends of the tentacles you reserved in the ends of a couple of shells for visual impact. Serve with a choice of hot sauces or soy sauce and fried plantains and Inca Corn (I tell the kids they are Davy Jones' teeth).

Enjoy!

<p>Sushi grade octopus is called tako. You missed an opportunity here with tako tacos.</p>
<p>So if I served it with a refried bean burrito I could call it &quot;Tako taco, refrito burrito?&quot;</p>
<p>Absolutely. I'd eat it.</p>
I actually considered it, but I wanted to play up the Halloween angle. :)
<p>So simple yet it looks so good! There is a Korean 'taco' called Kimbap which uses the same outer layer. Try it if you get the chance!</p>
<p>I looked up Kimbap and it sounds amazing! Especially Chungmu Kimbap!</p>
<p>Super clever!!</p>

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