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Stuffed Calamari on the Grill

Serves 4


Stuffed Calamari on the Grill  
The trick to this dish is insisting on fresh calamari. You can stuff the squid in advance and refrigerate them until dinner.


8 small whole calamari (about 1 pound)

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 cup toasted bread crumbs
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup roughly chopped Italian parsley
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 plum tomatoes, chopped into 1/4 inch dice
1 bunch chives, chopped


Remove the tentacles and clean the calamari, leaving the bodies whole. Set the tentacles aside. Place the calamari in an 8-quart pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook for 1 hour or until quite tender. Drain and cool.

Make the stuffing. Heat the olive oil in a 10-to 12-inch sauté pan until smoking. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook until light golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the bread crumbs and continue cooking until well mixed. Allow to cool then stir in the thyme, scallions, and parsley.

Preheat the grill or broiler.

Stuff the cooled calamari with the bread crumb mixture and season with salt and pepper. Brush the stuffed calamari and tentacles with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grill or broil until nicely charred, about 10 minutes, turning once.

While the calamari grills, place the tomatoes, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and the chives in a small mixing bowl, and season with salt and pepper Arrange the calamari on a platter top with spoonfuls of the tomatoes, and serve.


Mario Batali Simple Italian Food:
Recipes from My Two Villages

By Mario Batali
Clarkson Potter/Publishers
Hardback, Price: $30.00
288 pages, 32 full-color photographs
ISBN: 0-609-60300-0
Recipe Reprinted by permission.


Mario Batali Simple Italian Food



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