Today I want to show you my favorite calamari dish, stuffed calamari, or calamari ripieni as we say in Italy.
The only recipe that I have posted so far with squid is a risotto. As I mentioned before, I love calamari because they are relatively inexpensive, quite versatile and very tasty. And the tubes make perfect pouches to fill. You will find this stuffing extremely delicious, made by using the tentacles of the squid, bread crumbs and, of course, Italian parsley.
The stuffed calamari can be served as an appetizer for a fancy dinner party, or a main dish for a seafood based dinner. Bigger calamari are more adequate as an entree', and are faster to work with. The smaller ones are the perfect size for a savory appetizer, but require a little more effort.
If you like seafood and calamari in particular, I am very confident you will love these, and they will become your favorite too!
Ingredients: Serving as appetizer for 6 people
- 1 lb cleaned calamari, tentacles and tubes
- 2 slices of (white) bread,
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of white wine
- 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, plain
- 1 egg
Step 1: Remove the crust from the slices of bread and cut in small cubes. Add the milk, and let the bread absorb it.
As I mentioned before, when I chop garlic, I like to remove the yellowish middle part (the sprout). I have read that this is the part that has a strong taste and make the garlic harder to digest.
Don't fill the tube completely (about 3/4 of the way) and close with a toothpick. If the tube is filled to much, it might break and explode!! I always have a couple that will lose some of their stuffing. Don't worry if it happens, you will be able to eat it all, and it's all very yummy!