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Carnival Calamari

Posted by Aruba Restaurants on December 19, 2014

With kind permission from “Aruba Cooks” by Linda H. Shapiro, published in 1997, page 73.
Pierre Corneillestraat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean.

This book is available for purchase from the Aruba Gastronomic Association (AGA).

Serves 6

Sauce Ingredients:
(should be made prior to preparing calamari)

1 pound fresh whole, peeled tomatoes or 1-28 ounce can Del Monte whole tomatoes
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sauce Preparations:
Smash tomatoes with their juice and set aside.

Heat oil in medium-sized in medium sized pan. Add pepper, celery, onion and garlic and sautée, stirring occasionally until onion is transparent. Add tomatoes and their juice, salt and freshly ground pepper and simmer over low flame for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add more liquid if necessary, to keep from sticking and burning.

(should be made prior to preparing calamari)

3 pounds calamari (squid), cleaned and cut into bits and pieces
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbs. minced garlic
1/4 cup B&G Graves (dry white wine)
1 cup dry Sherry
juice of half lemon
1/4 tsp. chopped fresh lemon peel
1 tbs. fresh oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or taste

In large skillet heat oil over high heat. Do not allow to smoke. Add garlic and sautée, stirring. Add wine, Sherry, lemon juice, lemon peel and stir.

Sprinkle basil and oregano over and stir again. Add calamari. Sautée, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes over high heat. Do not overcook.

Pour sauce over calamari and heat for 1 minute, stirring.

Bon Apetit!