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You'll need

1 kg large octopus tentacles, cleaned and tenderised (see note) 100 ml sweet vermouth 1 lemon, finely grated rind and juice only ¼ cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp (firmly packed) thyme, coarsely chopped 1 long red chilli, finely chopped 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil   Pea, mint and shallot pilaf 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 long red chilli, finely chopped 2 anchovy fillets 200 gm (1 cup) long-grain rice 310 ml (1¼ cups) hot chicken stock 120 gm (1 cup) frozen peas 50 gm softened butter, coarsely chopped 4 golden shallots, finely chopped ¼ cup (loosely packed) mint, coarsely chopped   Grecian salsa verde 50 ml extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp (firmly packed) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 tbsp (firmly packed) each mint and oregano, finely chopped 1 lemon, finely grated rind only

Method

  • 01
  • Combine octopus, vermouth, lemon rind and juice, herbs and chilli in a non-reactive bowl, toss to combine, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate (6 hours-overnight).
  • 02
  • For pea, mint and shallot pilaf, heat a casserole over medium heat, add oil, onion, garlic, chilli and anchovy and sauté until starting to soften (5-7 minutes). Add rice, stir to coat in oil, add stock, bring to the boil, stir, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook until rice is cooked through (10-15 minutes). Meanwhile, blanch peas (1-2 minutes), then refresh, drain and set aside. Remove pilaf from heat, stand for 5 minutes, then stir through butter, shallot, mint and peas and season to taste.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for Grecian salsa verde, combine ingredients in a small bowl, season to taste and set aside.
  • 04
  • Heat a char-grill over high heat. Remove octopus from marinade (discard marinade). Drizzle octopus with oil, season to taste and grill, turning occasionally, until just cooked through (3-5 minutes). Serve hot with pilaf and salsa verde.
Note To tenderise octopus, pound tentacles with a meat mallet until they no longer feel bouncy.

This recipe is from the March 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“Would you please ask chef Frank Hero from Adelaide’s Eros Ouzeri for the recipe for his char-grilled octopus with pea and mint pilaf? I would love to re-create it at home.”
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  • Serves 6 people
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