Croatian Dalmatian black risotto (Crni rizot)

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Ready in 1 hour 40 minutes

This is something special. You can also make it out of squid, but octopus or cuttlefish is much better. Although it is only a risotto, it is a heavy meal which requires red wine to support it. It is also better to use frozen octopus because it is softer than fresh.


500 g rice
1500 g octopus; (better 4-5 small ones)
1 cup olive oil
100 g onion
2 cloves garlic
200 g tomato; (passata or Italian-style sieved tomatoes)
100 g parmesan; (grated)
30 g cheese; (hard sheep “Grana Padano” cheese)
1 bay leaf
2 cups white wine
1 Salt
70 g parsley leaves

Original recipe makes 5



Wash octopuses carefully and thoroughly, take out the bone, and ink-bags put aside. Cut cuttlefish into stripes. Finely mince garlic and parsley leaves. Mince onion and sauté it on olive oil. When onion becomes soft, add cuttlefish, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, tomato, salt pepper and sauté it 30 minutes. After 30 minutes add 1 cup of wine and continue to sauté it. When cuttlefish become soft, add what has left of wine. Wash rice in two (cold) waters and add to cuttlefish. Cook rice according to manual time necessary (add water but count in the liquid you have already in a pot). Five minutes before ready add ink-bags. Put ink-bags one by one to decide how black you want your risotto. Cut hard sheep cheese into small cubes and add with ink-bags. This cheese will give the risotto rich and creamy taste. Cook 2-3 minutes and serve with grated parmesan cheese.

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