Red Wine Braised Octopus, Hilopites, Smoked Marrow and Fennel Fronds

  • Steps
  • Ingredients


  • For octopus, remove outside skin from the octopus without removing suckers.
  • Place octopus, port, Shiraz, shallots, garlic, coriander seeds, bay leaves and 100ml olive oil into a cryovac bag and heat seal.
  • Bring a saucepan half filled with water to 72⁰C. Add octopus bag and cook for 90 minutes.
  • Remove bag from water bath and place directly into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking process.
  • Remove octopus and set to one side, strain braise liquid into a medium saucepan, place over a medium heat and reduce to a thick syrup. Cool, whisk in remaining olive oil and set to one side.
  • For hilopites, place “00” flour into food processor, turn on, add the eggs and olive oil and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Slowly add enough milk until dough starts to form.
  • Turn out onto a floured bench. Knead for 7-10 minutes or until dough is smooth. Wrap with cling film and rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 4 portions and flatten one portion with the palm of the hand and dust with flour. Take one pasta ball and using a pasta machine, laminate dough from the largest setting down to the second smallest setting taking care to pass the dough through each setting 2-3 times
  • Cut rolled pasta into 40cm lengths, then pass through the fettuccine attachment. Cook in boiling salted water until al dente and dress with olive oil, salt and pepper
  • For smoked bone marrow, line a deep baking tray with foil, add hickory chips, long grain rice, star anise and cinnamon.
  • Place bone marrow onto a cooling rack, spreading it out evenly.
  • Place prepared baking tray over a naked flame (BBQ, grill or gas top) allowing it to smoke
  • Place the rack of marrow over baking tray and cover both with foil.
  • keep baking dish over flame for 5 minutes, this allows it to distil and create its initial heat.
  • Remove from flame and allow to stand, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Remove bone marrow, place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer to solidify.
  • To serve, slice octopus legs into diagonal ovals 3mm thick, place into a bowl and dress with olive oil. Using a carving fork, twirl the fettuccine and place onto the plate. Arrange shaved fennel, radish, fennel fronds, lavender, rocket flowers

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