3large Desiree potatoes (900gm), scrubbedJuiceof ½ lemon1 tbspextra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve¼ cupcoarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra leaves to serve1½ tbspfinely chopped chives100 gmblack Italian olives, such as Gaeta, pitted, finely chopped1 tbspaged balsamic vinegar10 gmbottarga or mullet roeBoiled octopus1celery stalk 1carrot1small onionJuiceand rind of 1½ lemons1fresh bay leaf3small garlic cloves, bruised1octopus (about 600gm), cleaned1 tbspwhite wine vinegar1 tbspextra-virgin olive oil
For boiled octopus, combine celery, carrot, onion, half the lemon juice and all the rind, bay leaf, 1 garlic clove and 2.5 litres water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat, add octopus, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer until tender (50 minutes). Remove from heat, cool octopus in liquid (1½-2 hours), then drain (discard liquid).
Separate octopus head from tentacles and remove beak. Cut head and tentacles into 1cm pieces and transfer to a non-reactive container with remaining lemon juice, remaining garlic, vinegar and olive oil, season to taste and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
Cook potatoes in simmering salted water until tender (25-30 minutes). Drain well, then peel, mash roughly, add lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste. Cool to room temperature (15-20 minutes), then add chopped herbs.
Press half the potato mixture into a 6cm-deep, 10cm x 20cm loaf tin lined with plastic wrap. Drain octopus well (discard garlic), and arrange on top of potato, then top with remaining potato mixture, pressing firmly into tin.
Combine olives and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Turn terrine onto serving plate, remove plastic wrap, top with olive mixture, grate bottarga over, scatter with parsley, drizzle with olive oil, and serve at room temperature.
This recipe is from the March 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
“Traditionally on Good Friday we’re not allowed to eat meat, so insalata di patate e polpo is one of the dishes our grandmothers would prepare for dinner before or after Via Crucis,” says Flavio Carnevale. “For this terrine variation, we were inspired by the gattò di patate Napoletano made with potatoes and all the most traditional Easter ingredients such as cheese and salami.” You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.