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Oktapodi Maratho Krasato (Octopus and Fennel in Wine)

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Category: Main Dish, Seafood, Greek, Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • 1 md Octopus
  • 1 md Onion; chopped; *OR*
  • 5 (scallions; chopped)
  • 1/3 c Olive oil
  • 1 c Dry red wine
  • 1 bn Fennel; chopped
  • 4 Tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • - peeled, seeded & chopped
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper


Beat, pound and rub the octopus from 20 to 30 minutes on a rough stone
surface. The octopus will feel softer and will secrete a grayish liquid
after pounding. Wash thoroughly, then drain and cook in a covered pan
without adding water until the octopus turns bright pink-red and feels
tender. Using a sharp knife, cut into rounds the width of a small finger.
Heat the oil in a tsikali or any pot, add the onion, and cook until
translucent and soft. Add the round octopus slices to the onion and pour
in the wine, and simmer for 15 minutes. Put the fennel and tomatoes on top
of the octopus, season with salt and pepper to taste, and give the pot a
good shake to mix. Cover and simmer until the octopus is fork-tender
(approximately 45 to 50 minutes). Serve warm or cold.

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