RECIPE: Fried Squid & ?
Made deep fried calamari last night, but was tired of the same old marinara sauce, and soy-based dipping sauces just don't appeal to us with this dish. So got to be fooling around modifying a sauce recipe that was in my files, and came up with:
Deep Fried Calamari w/Peperoncini & Chili Sauce
2 lbs cleaned squid
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour]1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbls baking soda
1/2 tsp black pepper
Oil for deep frying
Using a sharp knife, cut the squid bodies crosswise into rings about 5/16 inch thick. If the tentacles are large, split them in half lengthwise.
Rinse the squid several times in cold water, drain, and lay out on a layer of paper towels. Cover with another layer of towels and roll the towels together, squeezing gently to remove most of the moisture.
In a dep fat fryer or Dutch oven start heating the oil to 375 degrees. meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flolur with the baking soda, salt and pepper. Have a strainer handy.
When oil 8is hot, transfer about one quarter of the squid to the flour mixture and toss until coated. Shake of any excess flour, put the squid in the strainer, and shake it above the flour bowl to release any more excess flour.
Transfer the squid to the hot oil. Fry until golden, 2-3 minutes; do not overcook. Drain on paper towels.
For the sauce:
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup minced peperoncini
One squirt Thai sweet chili sauce
Combine all ingredients well. Let sit a few minutes for flavors to meld.