CALAMARI STUFFED WITH RED RADICCHIO LEAVES

  • 30/10/2014
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 4
  • 30 min

Stuffed calamari served with boiled potato and spinach and drizzled with some fine olive oil will inspire a true Mediterranean feeling at your dinner table.

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Ingredients

  • 600 g large calamari, cleaned
  • 100 g large red radicchio leaves
  • 100 g onion
  • 50 g prosciutto
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 25 ml dessert wine or port wine
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tsp Vegeta Natur
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 50 g fresh spinach leaves (or Swiss chard if preferred)
  • 800 g potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Preparation

  1. 1.
    Clean and rinse the calamari.
  2. 2.
    Prepare the stuffing by sautéing onions in a skillet until nice and golden. Add chopped up calamari tentacles, finely diced prosciutto, one clove of garlic minced through garlic press, Vegeta Natur, dessert wine or port wine, and black pepper. Sauté everything until soft. Allow to cool a little before adding the grated parmesan.
  3. 3.
    Next, stuff the calamari. Put one spoonful of the stuffing in the centre of one red radicchio leaf, fold and wrap tightly. Push the wrap into the calamari and fix with a toothpick.
  4. 4.
    Use the remaining olive oil to fry stuffed calamari in a skillet on medium heat.
  5. 5.
    You can add a little wine or dessert wine to deglaze the pan just before the calamari are done.

Serving

Serve stuffed calamari with boiled potatoes and cooked spinach leaves drizzled with olive oil.

Advice

Make sure not to overcook the calamari. They tend to toughen if you cook them for too long. You can prevent this if you peel and finely dice one kiwi fruit, mix the fruit with the raw calamari, and leave them like this for about 30 minutes. Rinse the calamari in running water and continue with the recipe.