Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Frutti di Mare Salad- the all time classic

I learned how to make Frutti di Mare Salad from my Grandma Angela. My grandmother is from Rome, Italy and I tell you her cooking is far superior to any restaurant dinner I have ever had! Traditionally my grandma serves this dish on Christmas Eve when we cook the Feast of Seven Fishes. I love this dish so much I make it all year long, it's that delicious- my favorite part are the calamari tentacles! Frutti di Mare can be made with several types of seafood, you may add shrimp or crab but my grnadma keeps it simple- straight calamari and I stay true to her recipe. This dish gets it's punch from the freshly minced garlic, zesty lemons and tons of fresh parsley, a splash of sea salt and a dash of pepper and there you have heaven in a dish! Try my recipe and let me know how it turns out!

Frutti di Mare- De Palma style
 2lbs of fresh calamari (cleaned)
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
1 bunch of parsley chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
The juice plus zest of 2 large lemons
pinch of Sea Salt & 2 twists of a peppermill

For the Calamari
Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt the cooking water
Place calamari in boiling water cook 2 minutes of until opaque
Remove and cool in Ice bath

For the Salad
Drain Calamari
Combine with all ingredients chill 30 minutes to overnight