The kabobs and bruschetta are pretty easy to make (post a comment if you want the recipe), so here's the recipe for the calamari fritti: (by the way, this is yet another cheap recipe. 2 pounds of squid cost me about $6)
Serves 5 people as a small appetizer
2 pounds of squid
McCormick's Season All
Old Bay Seasoning
Knorr's Aromat Seasoning
Fryer with Peanut Oil.
- Clean the squid. Take out the tentacles (cut them up to fry later, being careful not to break the ink sack). Be sure to take off the skin. Cut the squid into small round pieces about a quarter of an inch wide.
- Soak the squid in milk for 1 to 2 hours
- Heat the peanut oil to 350 degrees
- Put about a cup of flour into a bowl and add all of the seasoning from above. I don't remember how much to put in. If you want it really spicy, put in a bunch, if not, don't.
- Take the squid out of the milk (don't fully pat dry, just enough to make sure the squid is not dripping with milk when you put it in the flour mixture) and put it into the flour mixture.
- Toss the calamari in the flour mixture until it has a very thin coat. It should not be soggy, but have a nice thin layer of the flour and spices.
- Put one layer of calamari in the fryer for about 1 to 2 minutes, that's it!
- Dump the cooked calamari on a paper towel and let sit for a couple of minutes before serving.
- The sauce I used was simply a store bought marinara sauce kicked up with some cayenne pepper, black pepper, and a bit of hot sauce.