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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cooking in Heels:Stuffed Calamari

This is one of my favourite childhood dishes. And I vary the rice stuffing per what I have on hand. 

 On this occasion I used:
1-large red pepper, 2 shallots, 1 large portobello mushroom cap, 1 cup frozen peas, 2 cups cooked rice (basmati) or your rice of choice.

 5 fresh or previously frozen squid tubes (thawed)

Additional ingredients:
Olive oil, thyme, ground pepper, sea salt, basil, oregano,
1/2 jar tomato sauce  (I used homemade sauce)
basil for garnish

Cut portbello mushroom cap and red pepper into cubes; chop shallots;
heat olive oil over medium heat;
 add vegetables to skillet, stir to coat with olive oil and add spices.

Cook stirring frequently, over medium heat, until vegetables are softened

add rice and peas to skillet and stir frequently until warmed up

remove skillet from stove - and set aside.

Cover the bottom of baking dish with tomato sauce.
Use tooth pick to seal one end of squid and using a tea spoon, scoop mixture into squid. 
be sure to fill loosely as squid tubes will shrink. 
Layer squid in single layer in baking dish and top with additional tomato sauce.

NOTE: Reserve extra rice for side serving. Keep warm - can be lightly reheated in skillet on low or place in oven covered with foil when spooning squid with tomato sauce.

 Bake in pre-heated 350 °F oven for 40-50 minutes.
Spoon sauce over squid half way through baking.
Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Serves 2 - 
serve with baguette and glass of bubbly

Enjoy lovelies ...

What did you make for dinner?

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  1. Oh my goodness! That looks amazing!
    Thanks for your kind words, I feel like an urban farmer at the moment. We have chickens (for eggs), rabbits for meat and fertilizer, our gardens and we are working on putting together a aquaponics set up (this could take this year and next to complete as we need to turn our small shed into a mini greenhouse cheaply.)
    I am here, alive. I've missed you! Will try to be around more ;)

  2. Dearest Celia,
    WOW, that looks like a delicious meal and you are a great cook! Love the notion that you made home made sauce which is always better and healthier.
    I've not cooked much this week, mainly pre-cooked meals that I had frozen. Dealing with the yearly tax papers and such.
    Hope in one week life will slow down a bit.

  3. Son would love this - he loves calamari! I'm thinking it might also be good with pasta (manicotti) and a bit of melted cheese! You always offer the most amazing foods - I love different.


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