This is the essence of simplicity and contrast. The sweetness of the octopus flesh is a foil for the earthiness of the rice. The lovely rich, soft gelatinous texture of the octopus is also a counterpoint for the rice’s starchiness.
This is the antithesis of over-accessorised paella, which is loaded with chorizo and shellfish. It’s just octopus, rice, garlic, sofrito and paprika. Because of its textural qualities, this dish is also well worth cooking simply to explore wine mat