recipe comes from the web site of Deborah Mele,
Italian Food Forever.
love affair with Italian cooking began almost
30 years ago when I married into a large Italian
family, overflowing with talented cooks. Throughout
the early years of my marriage, I had the opportunity
to learn the basics of Italian cuisine, and to
perfect traditional family recipes."
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need to be either cooked quickly on high heat,
or cooked for a long period on a slow simmer.
Anything in between can lead to a chewy result.
Fried for just under a minute in hot oil as in
this recipe results in tender, crispy rings of
calamari. Use your favorite dipping sauce to serve,
although I like to use a simple tomato sauce spiced
up with a pinch of red pepper flakes. If you have
never cleaned squid before, you might find their
appearance a bit intimidating, however they are
actually quite easy to clean".
Pounds Cleaned Squid (Instructions Below)
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
Vegetable Oil For Frying
clean the squid, first pull out the tentacles
and head. Set these aside.
the cartilage that runs down the back, and anything
that is inside the tube. Run under cold water.
off the two wing pieces, and remove the skin.
the cleaned tube into 1 inch rings.
the tentacles and cut off the head just below
the eyes, and discard this. Remove the hard
the cleaned calamari in the freezer for 5 minutes
2 inches of oil into a pot, and heat to 375ºF.
the flour, cornmeal and spices together in a
plastic bag. Drop in the calamari and shake
well to cover with the coating.
the calamari into the hot oil, and cook for
just under a minute, until they are golden brown.
on paper towels. Serve with your favorite dipping
great way to serve fried calamari, is to put a
handful on top of a dish of spaghetti already
dressed with a good spicy tomato sauce. If you
prefer a crispier crust to your calamari, dip
them in beaten egg before dropping them into the
Italian Food Forever
Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano
(Those Who Eat Well, Eat Italian)
Deborah Mele, Italian Food Forever