Seppie al nero e bergamotto (Cuttlefish and bergamot)


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Cuttlefish and bergamot


First prepare the cuttlefish. Separate the tentacles from the main body by pulling them firmly away from each other. Remove and discard the head, eyes, beak and innards (reserving the ink sacs). Remove the hard quill from the main body and peel the skin away to leave the clean white flesh. Set the bodies and tentacles aside
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Sweat the chopped onion, chilli and sage in the oil for a few minutes until softened
Add the reserved cuttlefish bodies and tentacles to the pan along with the wine and season well. Simmer until the liquid has reduced completely
Remove the cuttlefish and slice the body into fine strips, leaving the tentacles whole, then return to the pan with a tablespoon of the ink. Cover the pan and cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, checking the consistency occasionally and adding a little water to loosen if it seems too dry
Meanwhile, cook the polenta by placing the fish stock in a large pan and bringing to the boil over a medium heat. Season with salt, then slowly mix in the polenta flour until it starts to thicken. Cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook through for 45 minutes
Once the cuttlefish is cooked, stir through the chopped parsley and bergamot zest and juice
To serve, spoon the soft polenta into serving bowls and top with a mound of the black cuttlefish. Garnish with a little extra bergamot zest, a extra few rounds of onion and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
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