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Calamari Fritti
Fried Calamari
(Calamari Fritti)
 

Ingredients:


2 lbs cleaned squid (Instructions Below)
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Extra virgin olive oil for frying
 
Directions:
 
To clean the squid, first pull out the tentacles and head. Set these aside.
 
Remove the cartilage that runs down the back and anything that is inside the tube.
 
Run under cold water.
 
Pull off the two wing pieces and remove the skin.
 
Slice the cleaned tube into 1 inch rings.
 
Take the tentacles and cut off the head just below the eyes and discard this.
 
Remove the hard beak inside.
 
Place the cleaned calamari in the freezer for 5 minutes before cooking.
 
Put 2 inches of olive oil into a pot and heat to 375 F.
 
Mix the flour, cornmeal and spices together in a plastic bag.
 
Drop in the calamari and shake well to cover with the coating.
 
Drop the calamari into the hot olive oil and cook for just under a minute, until they are golden brown.
 
Drain on paper towels. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
 
Note: A 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 coating. Serves 4.
 
That's it!
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