- tomatoes4 large
- green pitted oliveshandful
- yellow Bell Pepper1
- Tinned tomatoes or pasata2
- roughly chopped garlic4 cloves
- flat leaf parsley1 handful
- Ras el Hanout spice blend2 heaped teaspoons
- feta cheese100 Grams
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- tomato puree
- white wine250 Milliliters
- mixed fresh green herbs, parsely, marjoram, basil and mint work well but feel free to experiment.1 bunch
- 1 lemon
- olive oil
drop the octopus in boiling water then simmer for 30 minutes. take out and refrigerate until fridge temp or over night
in a pan heat a couple of big slugs of olive oil dice the onions and fry until translucent, then add the garlic, spice blend tinned tomatoes and white wine and gently cook until the sauce is glossy and begining to thicken.
in a baking tray keep the tomatoes whole and cut the pepper and aubergine into large chunks drizzle in olive oil and roast for about 30 minutes at 180c
Cook the wild rice as per the packets instructions
remove the beak from inside the centre of the octopus with your fingers and cut the octopus into chunks. i like to leave the legs whole.
add the octopus and sauce to the pan of roasted veg plus the olives and roast on a high heat for about 20 mins until the mixture and edges of the exposed octopus beggin to brown
sprinkle generously with the parsley and crumbled chunks of feta
roughly chop the herbs and with salt, oil and lemon juice pulverise in a pestle and mortar
Serve with fresh crusty bread, drizzling the herb oil over everything!
You'll find this dish pairs nicely with either white wine, a light red think pinot for example or beer. Perhaps all of the above? Go on treat yourself indeed why not!
This dish was a barnstorming success with all the family. The octopus was soft and meaty and the flavours fresh and colours bright. The balance of sweet and salty with the olives and feta works great and to everyone's surprise the baby couldn't stop eating it all! I don't usually repeat dishes as I like to keep creating, but this is one dish I will be making again and I won't be messing much with!