Friday, June 24, 2011

Calamari (Squid) Salad from Auntie Anna

My Auntie Anna had so many specialties, but her calamari salad is one of my favorites. She had a heart of gold. She always needed to feed you when you visited...(That's the Italian way!) And you had to eat or she would be insulted!

 You will always find this on her table next to her Sausage and Pepper Special! Side Note: If you want to learn about Calamari, here is: Squid: The Definitive Guide

Auntie Anna writes: "Some cooks add different spices,
but I think it takes away from the savory taste of the squid.
As you know by now, I'm a Plain-Jane!"

Sorry, Auntie Anna, you were far from plain! I miss you very much!

  • 1 lb. of squid  (including tentacles)
  • 1/8 Cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of red hot pepper!

  1. Cut up squid into bite size pieces and simmer under 5 minutes in about a pint of water.  Do Not Boil!
  2. Add a dash of vinegar to tenderize. If cooked to long, it will get tough.
  3. Cool and strain. Save some liquid to add to salad if it is to dry.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a few flakes of red hot pepper!
  5. Add 1/8 cup of wine vinegar and 1/4 cup of olive oil.
  6. Chill and serve!

Calamari Tips!
Cleaning squid can be a messy project. It is best to buy it cleaned!


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