Stuffed Calamari: Calamari Ripieni
- 2 1/2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned, tentacles removed and chopped
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced, plus 1 lemon, quartered
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/4 cup
- 4 salt-packed anchovies, rinsed, patted dry and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs, from a loaf of pane di casa
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for grilling
Drizzle the squid bodies with the lemon juice and set aside.
Preheat the grill or broiler.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the tentacles, lemon zest, herbs, anchovies, garlic, bread crumbs, egg, a judicious amount of salt and black pepper to taste and mix well to combine thoroughly. Using a small spoon or pastry bag, stuff the reserved squid bodies with the filling. Using a toothpick, fasten the bodies closed.
Brush the squid with plenty of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil 20 minutes, turning at least once. Serve immediately, garnished with lemon wedges.
Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali