Fried Calamari that is crispy and tender with just the right amount of spice.
One day in advance: Slice the bodies into rings. Put them in a zip lock bag with the tentacles and pour the buttermilk over them. Squeeze the air out of the bag and put it in the refrigerator over night. There are enzymes in the buttermilk that will break down the squid and tenderize it. When you are ready to serve: Heat oil to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk the flour and spices together in a shallow pan. Drop the squid into the flour mixture. Toss to coat with flour. Set them aside on your lined sheet pan. Repeat with the rest of the squid until it’s all been dredged in flour. Fry the calamari in hot oil Pour about 3 inches of oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Set it on the stove over high heat. While the oil is heating, line a sheet pan with paper towels. Set it aside. The oil is ready when you dip a piece of calamari into the oil and bubbles form around it immediately. Fry the calamari in batches. Don’t overcrowd the pot. Stir them around with a slotted spoon as they fry, turning them over so they cook on both sides. They’ll take about 3 to 5 minutes to fry, depending on size, thickness, etc. When they are beautifully golden brown, remove them from the oil. Drain them well over the pot. Then transfer them to your paper-lined pan. Sprinkle with plenty of kosher salt and chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges or a side of tomato basil dipping sauce.
* Time saving tip for parties: prepare the calamari in advance and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once they are frozen, put them in a zip log freezer bag until ready to use. They can go right from freezer to the fryer. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
Garlic Scape Pesto Pasta
A rich and creamy pasta with the pungent flavor of garlic throughout.
For the Garlic Scape pesto
Fill a pasta pot half full of cold water. Salt the water generously. Bring water to a roaring boil and add pasta. Cook pasta until al dente. Slice the sausage links into ½ segments. Sear in sauté pan and begin to heat. Add the cream sauce and pesto into the pan and fully incorporate. Remove pasta from water and add to the sauce. Toss to coat pasta. Serve in a pasta bowl and garnish with diced tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
For the Garlic Scape Pesto
Cut garlic scapes into 1-inch segments removing and discarding the heads. Cut parsley off stems, place garlic scapes and parsley in food processor. Add crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, lemon juice and walnuts into food processor; begin to pulverize until fully incorporated while slowly drizzle olive oil into the food processor. Pesto should be almost smooth.
For the cream sauce
Heat heavy cream and half & half over medium heat in a medium sauce pot. Add salt and pepper. Melt butter in a sauté pan, slowly add flour and whisk together. Place roux (butter and flour mixture) in a 300˚F oven until blond in color. Add roux to cream mixture and whisk until completely dissolved. Continue to simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Once thick, remove from heat, add parmesan cheese and stir well. Garlic Scape Pesto • 15 garlic scapes • ½ tsp black pepper • ½ bunch parsley • ½ lemon, squeezed • ½ tsp crushed red pepper • ¼ cup walnuts • ½ tsp salt • ¾ cup olive oil Directions: Cut garlic scapes into ½ inch segments. Cut parsley off stems, place garlic scapes and parsley in food processor. Add crushed red pepper, salt, black pepper, lemon juice and walnuts into food processor; begin to pulverize until fully incorporated while slowly drizzle olive oil into the food processor. Pesto should be almost smooth
This recipe is for garlic lovers! Rich and creamy with a pungent flavor. The "scape" of the garlic is the immature flower stalk of the plant . Other parts of the garlic plant are also edible. The leaves and flowers (bulbils) on the head (spathe) are sometimes eaten. They are milder in flavor than the bulbs, and are most often consumed while immature and still tender. The scapes are also used in many stir-fry recipes. Garlic scapes are only available for about 1 month out of the year. In the northern regions of the United States they are available during the month of June. If you are lucky enough to get some, try this pesto recipe then freeze some of it for future use. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
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