Friday, February 25, 2011

Crispy Calamari

Crispy calamari, simply an all time favorite appetizer of  mine. Commonly seen as fried calamari on most restaurant menus but my issue with the title is most restaurants fry it but sometimes it comes out soggy, chewy or the worst case scenario rubbery!! My crispy calamari is just that- crispy, crunchy and oh so good. What's my secret?? Milk. Yes milk, I soak my calamari in  milk anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours- the longer the better. Even as little as 30 minutes is enough to help wash away the chewy, rubbery bubble gum effect. Trust me, try my trick it works like a charm!

2 lbs of cleaned calamari
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 tbsp of each garlic powder and paprika
1 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2tsp of black pepper and salt
2eggs lightly beaten
3 cups of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
oil for frying
Calamari soaking in milk and spices

Soak Calamari in milk and spices- 30 minutes to overnight (whatever you have time for)
Remove from milk and place calamari into egg mixture
Dredge in Breadcrumbs
preheat oil to 375
place breaded calamari in hot oil cook 1 -2 minutes until crisp y golden brown
Serve with lemon and enjoy!

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