Friday, February 26, 2010

fry-day

it's friday
and it's also lent
i know i should probably be fasting
but come on
let's not get ridiculous
i do
however
 abstain from meat
which isn't difficult for me
but
it is torture for hubster
tonight for dinner
we are indulging a bit
fried calamari
(printable recipe)
1 lb squid cut into rounds
1 cup flour
2 tsp favorite spice mix or a mixture of salt/pepper/cayenne
generous pinch sugar (this gives it a bit of color when frying)--purely optional
peanut or other oil for frying
marinara sauce
lemon wedges
place clamari in a bowl of lightly salted ice water. let sit for about 10 minutes. pour oil about 3" deep in a heavy pot and heat over medium fire. remove squid  from water and dry thoroughly with paper towels. in a shallow dish, mix together flour and spice of choice. drop in flour and lightly dust. shake off excess flour and drop in hot oil heated to 350.   
The key is to not overcook the calamari. If you do, it will get chewy...so watch is carefully and take it out when it is lightly toasted and crispy...do not let it get dark brown.  Drain on paper towel and dust with salt.  Serve with lemon wedges and sauce.

11 comments:

  1. This is something I've only tried in restaurants - don't know if I'll try it at home, but love having the recipe. I liked reading your profile - I'm with you on music from pre-1978 and I'd love to have you and your pastry cookery in my neighbourhood!

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  2. yum :) i lov squid i love all seafood really which ive found is not so the case with alot of my hubbys family members :) i grew up eattin seafood catching seafood even :) have u ever used panko? i use it all the time i also use heavy whippin cream loaded with herbs n spices as a batter then i use the panko for a final coating! makes for some really yummy crunchy coating :)

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  3. Now I want fried ANYTHING, and its midnight!

    Happy Sits day!

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  4. sounds really delicious...but I won't risk to make them on my own... :D

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    http://agytalks.blogspot.com

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  5. That looks so yummy! I need to get more creative with my Lenten dinners...mac and cheese and pizza just aren't cutting it! LOL!

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  6. Agh fried calamari is my weakness..so yummy. Stopping by to say hello and Happy SITS Sat Sharefest!

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  7. Yummm...must try! Happy Saturday from SITS Sharefest!

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  8. Just stopping by to thank you for visiting me on my SITS day and leaving me some blog love! Everyone was so sweet and I really enjoyed the day!

    Blessings,
    LMM

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  9. Oh - can I come over to your house on Friday? You need to try my Lent special. I'll post it on Wednesday:)

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  10. I LOVE calamari. No one around here will eat it with me. I think I'll also be inviting myself over for a treat next Friday!

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