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Baked Octopus with shallots and jersey royals

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Mezze
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: baked octopus

Ingredients

  • 1 octopus 1.5-2kg
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • A pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3-4 thyme sprigs
  • 5-6 all spice berries
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 500 gr Jersey royals or 5-6 baking potatoes

Instructions

  • As you take the octopus out of the fridge, rinse to get rid of any water and prepare straight away, when the flesh is still cold and firm. Separate the hood and remove the beak by gently pushing; then cut each tentacle.
  • Place in a baking tray along with the potatoes, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaves, a few allspice berries, just a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 1 ½ hrs- 2 hrs at 160C/gas mark 3. It should be soft when pricked with a fork. And enjoy!