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Serves 2+ generously
A CookTale

Yesterday’s cooking challenge was to avoid turning those Cephalopods into rubber. After laborious prepping and lengthy standing over the stove, to say it’s always a disappointment when that first bite isn’t tender is an understatement. I was more concerned with the Octopus, so I par-boiled it for 15 minutes before it was ready to be added. The Calamari, as I’m sure you know, requires either 1 minute or 1 hour to tenderize, therefore not a concern. Long slow simmering and constant sampling did the trick. At plating I added a toasted Baguette to sop up the sauce.


1 pound of Calamari, (tubes &
tentacles, cleaned)
4 Young Octopus (cleaned)
12 Roma Tomatoes quartered (or a 28 oz can of whole Tomatoes)
2 cups of Marinara Sauce (homemade or Rao’s)
1 cup of White Wine
1 TB of fresh Lemon juice
1 TB of EVOO
2 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
1 medium Red Onion (diced)
1/2 tsp of Sea Salt + 1 tsp of Black Pepper
1/2 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
2 TB of Salt Capers
1/3 cup of flat leaf Parsley (chopped) + leaves for garnish

2 slices of a Baguette


1. Slice the Calamari Tentacles in half. Slice the Calamari tubes into rings about 2/3 inch thick, Set them aside.

2. Heat a pan of water to a boil & simmer the Octopus for 15 minutes. Drain, cool & remove the Tentacles. Discard the body. Set aside.

3 In a large deep saute pan, add the EVOO, the Garlic & Red Onion. Saute until translucent & tender. Add the Romas or the canned Tomatoes, the Marinara Sauce, White Wine, Lemon Juice, EVOO, Salt, Pepper & Red Pepper Flakes. Simmer on medium low for about 30 minutes to give the flavors time to blend.

4. Add the Calamari & Octopus to the sauce. Continue to slowly simmer for about another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test for tenderness — chances are it will require another 45 minutes or more. After about 2 hours, both meat should be tender & the sauce very savory. Add the chopped Parsley, combine it all & it’s ready.

5. Grill the Baguette & add it to the plate. It will be a delicious treat.

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