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Air Kraken Meze

Some of you undoubtedly are unaware that I happen to be an excellent cook. So here is my recipe for air kraken meze for all to enjoy:


4 pounds of air kraken tentacle (note use only the very
tender tips to avoid a possible toxic reaction)

3 ounces of balsamic vinegar

1 bottle of red wine (of a very fine vintage)

1 tablespoon of crushed oregano

1/2 handful of minced green onion

As much garlic as you significant other can abide



1. Rinse the air kraken tentacle in cold water and place it dripping wet in the pot. Be sure not to dry as this is the moisture in which the tentacle will cook. 2. Add the garlic and the balsamic vinegar. 3. Very slowly bring to a boil over a low flame. 4. Check periodically for tenderness, you should be able to easily puncture the tentacle with a fork. As this varies from kraken to kraken and the type of wood stove, time is not a good indicator – use your discretion 5. When cool enough to handle, strip off suckers and redish purple membrane. These happen to be delicious, but the air kraken will be more presentable without them. 6. Cube the tentacle into bite sized morels, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and green onion 7. Place on crushed ice and serve at once. 8. open the wine and enjoy a job well done.

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  1. Sky Melnik Sky Melnik August 25, 2011

    Oooo, nice! *hands Scottie the recipe and grins widely*

    • Scottie Melnik Scottie Melnik August 25, 2011

      *glances at the list and balks at the garlic recommendation, then looks to Sky* And just where do you plan on sleeping tonight!?

      • Sky Melnik Sky Melnik August 25, 2011

        *narrows her eyes* At home in bed, far away from the bookstore couch where you will be if you continue the sweet talk…

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying August 25, 2011

    Mmmmm…yum!  (seriously) 

    As much garlic as your significant other can abide   <— Best garlic use advice ever. 

    • Jedburgh30 Dagger Jedburgh30 Dagger August 25, 2011

      guess I should stock up on Altoids.

  3. Mr. Arnold Mr. Arnold August 25, 2011

    If the suckers and purple membrane did happen to be delicious, why wouldn’t you place them within a sandwhich and not have to actually look at them while you ate? 

    Then again, knowing you, you probably left out that they’re delicious but poisonous.

  4. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg August 25, 2011

    How big of an air kraken do you have to get in order to end up with 4 pounds of only-the-tip tentacles?

    *is thinking perhaps she should undertake to preserve some kraken tentacles for the winter, or perhaps pickle some tentacles for Mr. Harvey*

    • Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse August 26, 2011

      Not a very big one at all. I would hazard a guess that an average sized air kraken might yield around a 100 pound usable tip per tentacle… 150 if you are less discriminating and have a strong stomach. So definitely get your pickling vinegars and mason jars ready, there will be a lot of leftovers.

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