Korean Flavored Octopus and Gnocchi

The premise of this dish was to to create a textural study between 3 different gummy ingredients, braised octopus, potato gnocchi, and korean rice cake. All 3 of these things can remind me of each other, so I thought it would be fun to put them all together in a korean flavored sauce. It came out pretty tasty in the end, but I don't feel that I fully achieved what I was going for. The main issue was the size differences between the 3 main ingredients. I was aiming to make them all a similar size and shape but failed. Regardless, if you like octopus you will enjoy this dinner, but on a normal night I would make it with either gnocchi or rice cake, and not both.
I chopped the octopus into what I considered to be gnocchi sized, but they ended up shrinking like crazy. I knew this happens when braising octopus but for some reason I wasn't thinking. Next start the sauce. Sauteed onions followed by some garlic, ginger, and gochujang. Can of tomatoes in next. Then the octopus. Let this simmer about 2 hours. Meanwhile I made the gnocchi. In addition to cutting the octopus too small, I also made the gnocchi too big for some reason. Rinced and blanched the rice cakes. Only cook them about 1 minute. Tasty stuff all mixed together. The rich hearty octopus infused sauce really coats the gnocchi and rice cake well. Good, but not exactly what I was going for.
 

Korean Flavored Octopus and Gnocchi

For:  4 Servings
  • 1 Onion (sliced)
  • 5 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 Inches Ginger (grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Gochujang
  • 28 Ounces Canned Diced Tomato
  • 3/4 Pound Cleaned Octopus
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Korean Rice Cake
  • Gnocchi

Instructions

  1. Saute onions until beginning to brown. Add garlic and ginger, then gochujang. Add a can of diced tomatoes. Then the squid and a little rice vinegar, soy sauce, and salt. Cover and simmer on low about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When octopus is tender, add in the (blanched) rice cake or (cooked) gnocchi. Simmer another few minutes before removing from heat and serving.