Octopus and Tomato Stew

    Octopus and Tomato Stew


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    This is a very flavourful tomato-based stew, originally from Malta, where octopus is simmered with potatoes, tomatoes, red wine and a hint of citrus. Serve over spaghetti if desired.

    Serves: 4 

    • 750g octopus
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 800g tinned whole peeled tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 250g peas
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 10 whole pitted olives
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Place the octopus into a large pot and fill with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil and then simmer over medium heat until octopus is opaque, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly; cut into bite-size pieces.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, mint leaves, curry powder and mixed spice; cook and stir until onion is soft. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. Mix in the octopus pieces, wine, lemon zest and orange zest. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to blend the flavours, then stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, peas, potatoes, olives and bay leaves. Cover and simmer over low heat until potatoes and octopus are tender, about 45 minutes.

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