Rings and Things….

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I do love fried calamari, but I am here to tell you that producing it in your own kitchen is not for the faint of heart…

You have to have kind of a strong stomach to get through the slimy part, which is cutting….

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Then soaking in buttermilk….521

(darker pieces are the tentacles…yum)

Then flouring in a mix of cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and little cayenne and chipotle…

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Then you put small batches of battered squid parts ( rings and tentacles) into the hot vegetable oil

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Then when it’s all cooked…

530You toss with some hot peppers slices, banana pepper slices, capers, and cherry tomatoes ( ok, and olives if you must..) and olive oil and some salt and pepper and lemon aioli…

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531I also added arugula, because, well, you know how we feel about it in this house…                                                                 And you’ll find yourself with a plate of calamari happiness…

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You still have to have strong stomach because you have to clean all the oil out of your pan and get rid of it !

Then you make the decision that the next time you go looking for calamari happiness, you’ll let your local restaurant do the honors!


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