Stuffed Squid

This was made for one of my family’s seven-fishes Christmas Eve meal. It’s a very simple dish–totally winged it. You HAVE to cook squid in a pan–especially if they are stuffed. The little suckers shrink like nobody’s business, and most of the stuffing will ooze out. I can only imagine the clean-up horrors of trying to grill them. The upside to the stuffing falling out, though, is that it can be the base for a fantastic sauce. And that is precisely what happened here.

N.B. The one thing I would recommend doing that I did NOT: chop the spinach before cooking it.

STUFFED SQUID

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 squid rings (no tentacles)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • half of a bell pepper, finely chopped
  • handful of spinach, finely chopped
  • Approx. 6 ounces ricotta
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • White wine (approx. 4 ounces. Don’t ever cook with wine you wouldn’t drink.)
  • Approx. 2 tablespoons butter

    The pepper and garlic. Chop finely!!!
    The pepper and garlic. Chop finely!!!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat about a tablespoon of butter and an ounce of white wine in a skillet. Cook the bell-pepper and garlic. When they are mostly done, add the spinach. Season.

    Don't make my mistake--chop the spinach!
    Don’t make my mistake–chop the spinach!
  2. When the veggies are all done, remove them from the heat (keep all juices). Place the veggies in a bowl with ricotta. Mix well.
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  3. Take a pastry bag and fill it with the cheese/veggie mix. Stuff the squid evenly and thoroughly.
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  4. Season the outside of the squid with salt and pepper. Place them back in the same pan in which you heated the veggies. Add a little more butter and white wine. Baste the squid, and rotate occasionally until done.
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  5. To serve, place the squid on a plate and top with the sauce that you will have (inadvertently) created.

    Recipe will follow.
    Recipe will follow.
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