One of the easiest ways for me to eat things that are good for me is to steer toward seafood. I’m one of the weird people in life that doesn’t really care for fried seafood (with the exception of clams – fried clams rock!).
I’ve never cooked squid before although I’ve eaten in a fair amount in restaurants. I’m generally turned of by how it’s prepared although once I had it sauteed in spicy peppers and it was divine. Sometime I’ll try that. In the meantime, I stuck with a recipe that included flavors I knew I would enjoy as would the weeone.
The recipe was simple. I converted it from an appetizer although below I’ll give yout he original. The only real difference was that I didn’t skewer the squid.
So I started with squid tubes – I didn’t use the tentacles at all. I cut the squid tubes in half vertically.
Then I mixed panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. I brushed each piece of squid with a beaten egg white then dredged it though the mixture. This was the most labor intensive part of this meal. Uber-simple.
The squid just needed a few minutes under the broiler, so I made the sauce before I cooked the calamari. I’d recommend doing that unless you like your calamari on the chewy and rubbery side. ;D
This was a win all around, but my favorite part might just be the sauce. Next time, I’ll cut the squid in rings, cook everything the same way, but put it all over a whole wheat pasta. Mange!
Parmesan-crusted Calamari Kebabs
- 1 pound cleaned calamari tubes (about 15 )
- 30 (6-inch) wooden skewers
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup panko*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- Roasted Red Pepper Basil Sauce
- 1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Place all ingredients in container of a food processor, and pulse several times until well blended. Place mixture in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
- Slice tubes in half lengthwise. Thread onto skewers. Combine cheese and next 4 ingredients in a shallow dish. Brush egg white lightly over squid. Dredge squid into breadcrumb mixture.
- Place skewers on a lightly greased rack in a broiler pan. Broil calamari 5 1/2 inches from heat 2 to 4 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Basil Sauce.