Perfect for the weekend, this Chilean cuttlefish chupe (stew) recipe is both economical and easy to prepare—an always enticing way to enjoy the diverse array of products available on the Chilean coast.
How to make Chilean Cuttlefish Chupe
Cuttlefish, a white-fleshed mollusk, is increasingly used in Chilean cuisine due to its abundance and its role as a predator, leading to its growing use in various preparations.
Category: Main Dishes
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 60 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Chilean Cuttlefish Chupe Recipe
- 1 kg fresh cuttlefish
- 2 marraquetas
- 250 g Parmesan cheese
- 200 ml milk
- 100 ml evaporated milk
- 100 ml white wine
- 1 onion
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- In a large pot, add the cuttlefish, cover with boiling water and a tablespoon of salt, cook for about 30 minutes, peel, cool, and process in a blender or hand blender until you get a thick consistency mixture.
- In a large bowl, crumble the bread and cover it with milk until completely moistened, mash with a fork until forming a paste, and set aside, drain and reserve.
- In a large pot, add a splash of olive oil and sauté the diced onion for about 5 minutes. Add the processed cuttlefish, soaked bread, evaporated milk, white wine, paprika, about 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir everything to combine and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until the alcohol evaporates, and the mixture thickens.
- In a large pudding mold, clay dish, or individual pots, add the mixture, gently settle it with a few taps on the table, cover with grated Parmesan cheese, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 20 minutes with the grill on until the cheese is gratinated.
- Serve the cuttlefish stew immediately, piping hot, accompanied by salads or boiled potatoes.
Benefits of consuming Cuttlefish
- Cuttlefish is rich in iodine, an essential mineral for proper child development and cell function. It also helps care for hair and nails.
- Cuttlefish contains vitamin E, which aids in protecting the immune system and shielding the body from free radicals, while the present selenium helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and delays cellular aging symptoms.
Did you know?
Cuttlefish is a great source of minerals such as calcium, selenium, and especially iodine, which helps improve our metabolism and is beneficial for the circulatory system.