Fried Calamari, Italian Hot Green Peppers with Lemon Aioli
- Vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound calamari, cleaned and cut into rings
- 1/2 pound scallops, cleaned
- 4 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
- 4 cups buttermilk, divided
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup masa harina
- 1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 Italian, hot green peppers
- For the aioli:
- 6 cloves garlic
- Pinch salt
- *2 large egg yolks
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
DirectionsFor the aioli:
Fill a Dutch oven 2/3 of the way full with vegetable oil.
In a large bowl, combine the calamari, scallops, 2 teaspoons hot sauce and 2 cups buttermilk and marinate for 30 minutes. In another bowl, combine the flour, masa, Essence, salt and pepper.
Heat oil to 350 degrees F
Remove the calamari from the buttermilk and place into the flour mixture in batches. Shake to remove any excess flour and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
For the aioli:
*RAW EGG WARNING
Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs
Due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
Published by William Morrow, 1993.
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2007