Tuesday, August 10

Frugal Fast Food: Moorish calamari rings in 10 minutes



My hubby makes these - he kinda 'owns' it in the house.  I just love eating it!  It's great in summer with salad or in winter with home-made chips and tartare sauce.  I thought I'd finally pin him down on sharing the recipe (he gets quite sacred about some things...) so I could share them with you.

We got about 40 calamari rings last night for a grand total of $6.00.  Better than 60c a ring isn't it?

As we ate them last night for dinner hubby asked the girls if they knew which animal or creature calamari came from...

'cow?' pondered Eloise
'chicken?' asked Olivia
'sheep!' protested Laura.

Hubby said 'I'll give you a clue, this animal/creature does not live on the land...'

Laura had an epiphany... 'ALIEN'!  she exclaimed.

No, not quite.  Then when we worked out it was squid Eloise amazed us with how much she knew about squids.. (seriously!)  I love the dining table conversations at night.


Ingredients
500g squid hoods, cleaned (about 4 hoods)
3/4 cup cornflour
1 tsp cracked pepper (halve this if feeding kids)
1/2 tsp sea salt (halve this if feeding kids)
2 cups canola oil to fry in.


Method:
Slice your hoods into rings.

In a tray, place the cornflour, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Lastly, add the calamari rings, and coat well with the flour.

Heat oil until it bubbles, add the calamari one ring at a time, about 6 in a batch.  Fry for about 40 sec - 1 minute, remove and drain on plate covered in paper towel/kitchen paper whilst cooking remaining batches.


Enjoy..!
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10 lovely comments:

CamillaS on August 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Yummy, my fav!! and so easy too, thanks!

Corinne on August 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oooh yummo! I LOVE calamari. My eldest calls them circle fish :) x

Christie @ Fg and Cherry on August 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Alien! What a classic! Can't wait to meet the mini frillsx3.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on August 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

They look great! And lol at the answers. They're so cute (and kind of do look like they come from an alien :P )

Sarah @ For the Love of Food on August 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

This is a meal I rarely think to make although perfect for summer. Thanks for the reminder.

Bridget ~The Internet Chef on August 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

YES!!! I love it. can I make this part of the 10min foodie?? what wonderful and nomolicious dish!

Liss on August 10, 2010 at 7:16 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thanks Bridget! Of course you can! Just don't tell anyone there's aliens in it ;)

Corrie on August 10, 2010 at 8:52 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

yuuuuum! we love calamari! I love the girls answers! hilarious!

Corrie:)

Frog, Goose and Bear on October 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thanks so much for joining in easy peasy dinners - this is so perfect as my husband and eldest daughter actually went fishing last week with a friend and caught lots of squid.... or was it alien perhaps......

Beecham Motors on February 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I love your photographs, thanks, makes it all so easy to follow. x


 

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