Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Seared Calamari with White Beans and Chorizo

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

12 ounces calamari, cut into 1/4-inch rings

1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 

4 ounces chorizo Bilbao, sliced into 1/4-inch disks

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup cooked white beans, in their juice

1 red bell pepper, roasted, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Croutons, for garnish, recipe follows

Croutons:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, creamed

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 baguette

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the calamari rings, garlic, chili flakes, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Toss in the chorizo and cook, shaking frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly browned. Transfer the chorizo to a plate lined with a paper towel. Wipe out the skillet and return to high heat.
  3. Add the oil to the skillet and heat until very hot. Add the calamari mixture to the skillet; be careful because the pan will flame. Saute for a few minutes and then add the chorizo, beans and their juice, red bell peppers, parsley, lemon juice, and butter. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Adjust seasonings. If there isn't enough liquid, add a few tablespoons of clam juice or water.
  4. To serve, pour the stew into a shallow bowl and pass the croutons.

Croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Mix the olive oil, garlic, parsley, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper together. Cut the baguette into 1/4-inch slices at a severe angle. Lay baguette slices on a cookie sheet and brush with the seasoned oil. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

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