Recipe for Greek Style Marinated Octopus

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Octopus are commonly served throughout Greece because they are so plentiful in the sea. This recipe is bursting with flavor and it tastes especially good as part of a meze spread.

Greek Marinated Octopus (Ktapodi) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe oil and vinegar dressing
  • 2 pounds fresh octopus
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley

How to Make Greek Style Marinated Octopus:

Prepare the oil and vinegar dressing according to the recipe instructions.

Add the octopus to a large pot and add a 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Set the rest aside.

Fill the pot about halfway with water. Add the bay leaves and orange zest. Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer the octopus on low heat until cooked all the way through. This should take about 50-60 minutes. The octopus should be done when it’s firm and slightly crunchy.

Remove the octopus from the pot and place in a glass bowl. Pour the rest of the vinegar and oil dressing over the octopus. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about two hours. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator.

Pour the olive oil to the pot and set the heat to medium. Add the onions and saute for about a five minutes, or until the onions are soft.

Add the garlic and saute for about a minute. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for another minute. Add the octopus and cook for two minutes.

Turn the octopus over and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in the wine and cover the pan. Cook for a minute. Cover the pan and seethe heat to low. Simmer for about ten minutes.

Place the octopus in a serving platter. Pour the tomato mixture over the top. Garnish with the parsley and serve.

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