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  1. Greek Octopus Cooked in Wine with Potatoes

    August 6, 2017 by Varga László

     

    A week ago I went home to my grandparents house to escape the heat wave we had in the city. Although there was also incredibly hot, the garden and the trees gave some shelter.
    As always when I’m going home I cook Sunday lunch’ main course. I wanted to cook some fish but I couldn’t find fresh fish to my liking so I bought some octopus.
    I remembered a dish I ate in the Greek island of Lefkada: octopus with potatoes in red wine, so I concocted a recipe similar to that:

    Ingredients (3-4 servings)

    • 1 kg octopus, cleaned

    • 3 tablespoons wine vinegar
    • 100 ml dry white wine
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 4 bay leaves
    • salt and paste to taste
    • 500 g potatoes

    Preparation method:

    1. Boil in advance the potatoes as a whole.
    2. Wash and clean the octopus. Cut them into smaller pieces.

    3. Add the octopus pieces into a pot, garlic and bay leaves, pour over the wine, vinegar and 100 ml water.

       

    4. Cover and cook for about an hour, on medium heat.
    5. After about 40 minute of cooking add the halved/sliced boiled potatoes and the tomato paste and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
    6. Serve while still hot

  2. Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries – Recipe

    August 19, 2014 by Varga László

    Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe

    This is a recipe I invented for my birthday. Usually for my birthday cooking I use strawberries because they are in season and they taste great when bought from the farmsers market, but normally I would do chicken salad with strawberries.
    But because earlier this year I had a cooking night with a friend who prepared a raw calamari salad, I was inspired by his achievement and replaced chicken with calamari.
    This was only the first course, the second one will follow soon, it’s chicken 😉

    Ingredients (6 servings):

    • 1 kg calamari stripsGrilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    • 500 g (smaller) octopus tentacles
    • 1 kg fresh strawberries
    • 5-6 spring onions
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • a tablespoon (to taste) balsamic vinegar
    • Hungarian barbeque style seasoning mix – optional

    Preparation method:

    1. Salt and pepper the calamari and octopus. I also added some spice mixture of Hungarian inspiration called Spicy Puszta.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    2. Let them rest for about 5 minutes.
    3. Wash the strawberries and cut them in halves.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    4. Cut the spring onions into 1 cm pieces.
    5. Grill the seafood over high heat for cca 10 minutes turning them, until they get a bit charcoaled at the surface.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    6. Let the seafood cool down, then cut the calamari and octopus into 1 cm slices.
    7. Add to a bowl the strawberries, calamari, octopus and spring onions.Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe
    8. Drizzle over some balsamic vinegar and stir the salad gently     Grilled Calamari and Octopus Salad with Strawberries - Recipe