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Nonna’s boiled octopus with almond puree, garlic, chilli and olive oil

This classic Italian home-grown recipe comes straight from Taste of Sydney 2015, courtesy of the Electrolux Taste Theatre.

Nonna’s boiled octopus with almond puree, garlic, chilli and olive oil

1 kg octopus tentacles

5 x garlic cloves, lightly smashed

1 x long red chilli, sliced (seeds removed, if you prefer mild hotness)

1 x tablespoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

1 x tablespoon chopped marjoram

250 mls white wine vinegar

250 mls mild extra virgin

Olive oil

Extra white wine vinegar, to serve

1 x head of fennel

1/2 head of radicchio

1 x celery heart light green leaves only

For the almond tarator

2 x slices of sourdough bread

1/2 cup almond meal

2 x garlic cloves

1/2  cup water

50 mls lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Extra virgin olive oil, as needed

100 mls milk

Place a large saucepan of sea water over high heat and bring to the boil. If sea water is unattainable, add 500g of rock salt to 5 litres (20 cups) of water and bring to the boil.

Blanch the octopus three times in boiling water for about 5 seconds each time.

Once complete, turn the heat down and add the octopus and potatoes to the same pan.

Gently simmer for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Remove the octopus from the pan and set aside.

Once the octopus is cool enough to handle, chop it into 5 cm pieces and put in a non-reactive bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients and leave to marinate for 2 hours minimum in the refrigerator.

Remove the garlic. Season with more vinegar and season with freshly ground black pepper. It shouldn’t need any salt.

For the tarator

Dip bread in milk and leave for 15 minutes. Squeeze dry and place in processor along with almond meal and garlic. Add water to make a smooth paste, add olive oil, a little salt and pepper, lemon juice to taste.

To serve place some almond tarator on a plate, top with marinated octopus. Finely slice some fennel, radicchio and celery heart and place on top and serve.

Note: A little extra water might be needed. Consistency should be light and fluffy.

massimo

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