Thursday, July 14, 2005

Recipe of the Month

Calamares Españoles del Escándalo de Adán
or, Adam's Scandalous Spanish Calamari

A wonderful tapas dish from Spain, with my own adjustments that make it uniquely my own, uniquely scandalous! ...
Ingredients (feeds 4-ish)

*1 1/4 lb small squid, cleaned.
*6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*1 fresh red chili, or dried chili flakes
*1 tsp regular paprika
*1 tsp Hungarian or Spanish smoked paprika (hot varieties...if you like heat you can use 2 tsp Hungarian paprika instead of mixing with the generic type paprika)
*1-2 cups all purpose flour
*3 garlic cloves (crushed or minced)
*1 tbsp Spanish sherry vinegar (or subst. with red wine vinegar)
*1 lemon (1 tsp grated lemon rind from this lemon as well as it's juice)
*2-3 tsp finely chopped, washed, fresh parsley
*kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

-Clean the squid if not already done. Keep the tentacles (be sure to exclude the beak) and cut the body portion into small rings (discard everything else).
Place squid in bowl and pour over 2 tsp of olive oil, the chili, the crushed/minced garlic, the paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover in bowl and let marinate in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
-Toss the squid in the flour and bread lightly. Heat vegetable or olive oil in a wok or deep frying panover high heat until very hot. Slowly add small batches of squid (be VERY careful- squid like to pop and splatter!!!). Fry each batch for 30 second-1 minute. Don't overcook!
-After frying add the still-warm calamari into a large bowl. Toss in the sherry vinegar (add more or less to taste), the lemon rind, the lemon's juice, additional paprika if desired, and the parsley.
-Toss evenly and serve with extra lemon wedges and parsley.


aaronette said...

I think that sounds delicious and the picture makes it look good too! I love calamari, but it doesn't taste right unless the sun is shining and the atmosphere is 'vacation'!

Anonymous said...

Very true Aaronette! By the way, if you read this... I have a hard time trying to post comments to your blog because I'm not a member of your blog system either!
I'm testing this as an anonymous user, so let's see what happens.

Adam said...

Hmmm very weird... it let me post an anonymous comment. And I know Mr "Few and far Between" has as well... I thought I purposely had enabled anonymous commenting. Sorry if you've had trouble.


Michael J. Farrand said...

I completely concur with Aaronnette. It looks "Fabulous!!" as one of your co-conspirators in life might say. Truly, I can't wait to try some. Maybe I'll even make it myself.

caz said...

I am amazed that the comment got to you at all, as I have had so much trouble setting up a Blogger Blog! I might well be 'Labyrinth' or 'Caz' or 'Aaronette' or someone I have completely forgotten. (Might be Ann Nesia for all I know.)
It worries me when people say they don't like a certain food when they have never actually tried it. Calamri is one of those things I have found. People do not know what they are missing!

caz said...

Would have made sense if I had spelt 'calamari correctly there.
(Touch typing? I have a book entitled 'Learn to Touch Type in Ten Hours'. To date, it has taken me about ten months.)