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Octopus essence linguine

Octopus essence linguine

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Food has the power to jog our memories. This modern twist of a traditional Sardinian recipe embodies both the treasure of my cultural inheritance and my projection towards the ongoing and future challenges of my culinary career.

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1
To begin, clean each octopus and remove the innards, beak and eyes. Keep the ink sacs to one side. Place the octopus in a large casserole dish and add the wine and garlic
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Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for approximately 25–30 minutes. Set aside
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Pass the cooking liquid through a fine sieve and stir the ink into the liquid
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Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
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To prepare the tomatoes, wash the tomatoes and dry thoroughly. Cut each tomato lengthways into quarters and remove the seeds
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Lay on a tray and season with garlic, thyme, table salt, extra virgin olive oil and cane sugar
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Bake the tomatoes until lightly dried and concentrated in flavour, then cut into strips. Set aside
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To make the red sauce, peel the red pepper and chillies and season with table salt. Add a dash of oil to a small pan, add the chillies and peppers and sweat until tender. Blitz to a smooth purée and store in a pipette at room temperature until ready to serve
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To make the green sauce, blanch the basil leaves in salted water then immediately transfer to iced water to halt the cooking process
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Drain well, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and blitz to a smooth purée. Store in a pipette at room temperature until ready to serve
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To cook the pasta, bring a large pan of water to the boil then add the salt. Place the ink cooking liquid in a separate pan and keep warm
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Add the linguine to the boiling water and cook for 4–5 minutes. Drain well then transfer the pasta to the inky liquid to finish cooking the pasta
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Remove from the heat and carry on stirring until creamy by drizzling in some extra virgin olive oil. Stir in the tomatoes
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To finish the octopus tentacles, preheat a pan until hot and add a dash of oil. Add the tentacles, garlic and thyme, pressing down during cooking to achieve a nice crispy exterior
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To serve, neatly plate the linguine and garnish with the two sauces dotted around the plate. Add the octopus tentacles and some finely chopped chives and serve
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