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Recipes from an Islandmix. Chef Guillermo Ramírez. Gran Canaria.

How to make the recipe for fried octopus with Gáldar cream of sweet potato and Thai mojo sauce

Ingredients for two servings

Fried octopus
1 octopus leg weighing approximately 200 gr.
20 gr wheat flour
Clean out the octopus leg, sucker by sucker, with a tooth pick. Vacuum-pack inside a bag and cook in a steam oven at 95º for an hour and twenty minutes. Leave to cool. Lightly flour and fry.

Recipe for fried octopus with Gáldar cream of sweet potato and Thai mojo sauce

Cream of sweet potato
50 gr Gáldar yellow sweet potato
2 gr butter
8 gr cream
Boiling water.
Boil the sweet potato in salt water. Once thoroughly cooked, drain and save the cooking water. Place the sweet potato in a blender together with the butter, cream, and 40 grammes of the cooking water. Blend to a creamy texture. Add more salt if required.

Thai Mojo sauce
1 bunch of coriander
10 gr cashew nuts
1 tea spoon of Dijon mustard
1 clove of garlic
10 gr extra virgin olive oil
100 ml coconut milk
3 gr green curry paste
Split the coriander leaves and place them in the blender together with the mustard, the clove of garlic (without the seed), the cashew nuts, oil and salt. Mash all the ingredients into a fine paste.
Heat up the coconut milk in a pot and add the green curry paste. Once diluted, add the mojo sauce and blend in together without boiling.

Recipe of Guillermo Ramírez
Chef Guillermo Ramírez

Guillermo Ramírez explains how his idea came about: "This is a simple but highly contrasting recipe, in which I wanted to give the octopus from our coasts the recognition it deserves. Thoroughly cooked and then fried octopus meat is a delicacy for the palate, and has an exquisite taste. It gives us the flavour of the seas, together with the flavour of the land, thanks to the yellow sweet potato from Gáldar, which has its own sweet nuances, together with the slightly spicy Thai mojo sauce, with its subtle coriander and coconut flavour. This whole mixture creates an exquisite dish with a unique flavour.

I love to mix flavours, be they sweet, salty, bitter or spicy - for me that mix of sweet and spicy is great! The philosophy at my restaurant is "sharing is living", and a little bit of cheekiness, too ;)"

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Who is chef Guillermo Ramírez?

Guillermo tells us all about his professional career up to the time he made his restaurant 'Pícaro' a leading light in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s eaterie portfolio: "I studied cooking at the Hofmann School in Barcelona. When I finished my studies I sent an email to the top 30 restaurants in the world offering my services to them. I was given a job at the prestigious Danish restaurant Noma, where I learnt the philosophy of our profession: hard work plus hours of dedication and commitment. At Noma I also learnt the notion of "less is more". I immersed myself in their seasonal cuisine, fermentations and Nordic culinary tradition.

From there, I moved to Pier 51 restaurant in Stuttgart, where I worked with the person I consider my mentor, Philipp di Mineo. I worked there as head of the meat department for eight months and took part in events with several Michelin star chefs. With Philipp I also learnt pastry making. Then I made the leap to the Asian continent and went to work at the Gaggan restaurant in Bangkok, a two-star Michelin restaurant, where I learnt Thai and Indian cuisine.

I then returned to Gran Canaria and, after a few months working in the De Cuchara restaurant I came up with the idea of opening Pícaro, my own restaurant. The cuisine I specialise in at Pícaro is contemporary yet at the same time traditional, with influences from many other cuisines around the world. Speaking English and German opened the doors for me to be able to move freely around the world, to travel and to delve into other cultures".

Due to his extensive globe-trotting as he picked up the tricks of his trade, together with his efforts and dedication to his profession, Guillermo Ramírez reaped his just reward in 2019, when his Pícaro restaurant earned a BIB GOURMAND mention in the 2020 Michelin Guide, an accolade that acknowledges and rewards restaurants that offer great value for money.

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Gáldar sweet potato

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Gáldar sweet potato

The Gáldar sweet potato is another of the products offered by the nutrient-rich soil at the north of the island. Its sweet taste makes it a great ingredient in traditional Canarian dishes, from sancocho to XXXX. The Gáldar sweet potato is also one of the tasty ingredients commonly used in the region’s rich confectionery, wherever the imagination takes it, featuring in anything from ice-cream to artisan trout.

*Visiting Gáldar? Check out the region’s full culinary flavours at Gáldar Farmers' Market.