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Spicy Cuttlefish Chowder

This recipe for Spicy Cuttlefish Chowder has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

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This chowder recipe actually began life as “Cuttlefish in Red wine and Tomatoes”, a recipe given to us by our local fishmonger. However as the recipe progressed we soon realised that the title of “chowder” was probably more appropriate through a misjudgement of tinned tomatoes! The recipe actually turned out brilliantly and produced a fabulous Mediterranean meal for four. Served with fresh crusty bread this chowder is both packed with flavour and very filling.

Ingredients for Spicy Cuttlefish Chowder

4 Whole cuttlefish, cleaned
2 Medium onions, thinly sliced
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
500g Tinned tomatoes, chopped
200ml Red wine
1 Tablespoon tomato puree
1 Sprig fresh oregano
1 Sprig fresh thyme
4 Basil leaves, chopped
1 Teaspoon hot smoked paprika
100ml Olive oil
Cracked black pepper

How to make Spicy Cuttlefish Chowder

  • Heat the olive oil in a large cazuela, sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the cuttlefish into inch square pieces and chop the herbs.
  • Add squid to the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Then add the herbs, paprika, puree, wine and tomatoes. Stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Spoon into bowls and serve with fresh crusty bread.

Serves 4

Spicy Cuttlefish Chowder

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