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Stuffed Squids in marinara sauce- 7/21/12

This is a very simple dish to serve but it is sure to please your palate.  The squids are stuffed with chopped shrimps, chopped tentacles, lemon zest, bread crumbs, parsley, sautéed onions and garlic and then simmered in Marinara Sauce.  You can serve this dish with lots and lots of bread as an appetizers or you serve them as a completed meal by serving them with pasta.  Either way they are delicious.

I kept this recipe simple by using store bought marinara sauce but if you are more adventurous you can also make your own sauce.

This dish was part of my small plates dinner party and all friends really enjoyed it.  The squids shrank a lot from their original size so if you are making a full meal make sure to double the recipe.

Close look at the dish.


Preparation work..

1 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 glove garlic, finely minced

10 to 15 whole squid (about 3 to 5 inches each)

2 ounces raw shrimp

1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato

Lemon zest of half a lemon or lime

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 cup Marinara sauce (store bought)

Clean the squid thoroughly and remove the head from the tentacles and discard the innards.  Peel the shrimps and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic and salt...

Keep stirring until the onions turn translucent.  Set aside.

Put the tentacles and peeled shrimps together in a bowl.

First put the tentacles in a food processor.

Pulse 6 to 8 times or until there are no large pieces visible.  Do not over process until smooth

Do the same for the shrimps

In a bowl put the chopped shrimps, tentacles, bread crumbs, parley, thyme, lemon zest, the chopped tomato.  Stir until well combine.

Put the mixture into a re-sealable freezer plastic bag and snip off 1 corner.  Pipe the stuffing into the squid tubes.  Do not over-stuff because the squid will shrink.

Seal each tube with a tooth pick.

Pour the store bought Marina sauce in a large pot and place all the squid on top.

On medium heat bring the pot a boil.  Once it reached the boiling point lower the heat to low and let the squid simmer for about 4 to 5 minutes.

The squid will shrink to about half of their original size.  Serve immediately.

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