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From: lendube
Date: 01-25-2007, 05:19 PM (1 of 8)
I have yet to find a recipe that makes me like calamari. To me it's like eating rubber bands. :sick:

Anyone know a way to make them tasty? No doubt there will be a bunch of calamari in our deep freeze by morning. :nervous:

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From: Patty22
Date: 01-25-2007, 05:34 PM (2 of 8)
Lennie....the big thing around here in the Italian families is calameri salad for Christmas. (Well, before all their special meals.) Are there other ways to prepare it other than marinating it or breading and deep fat frying?

God didn't create my children to eat seafood (well, that's what they told me) was so bad that when my husband and I went to a world famous seafood house in Baltimore with the kids they sat and ate cheesecake the entire night while my husband and I indulged.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-25-2007, 08:31 PM (3 of 8)
My husband grew up in Japan and L O V E S seafood..
I'm allergic to shellfish..(but I can eat regular fish and love most of it..)

My husband likes his calamari raw or deep fried....(and of course he has to eat it OUT, with his friends from work , cause I can't go...cross contamination could kill me...):shock: :bg:
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From: vickki
Date: 01-25-2007, 09:06 PM (4 of 8)
I just love squid,my girlfriend cooks them every Christmas...She boils them first,puts bread dressing inside and bakes them in the oven....My dad and I were the only 2 in our family who liked them but mom always cooked them for us...
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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-27-2007, 07:02 AM (5 of 8)
I used to work at the Melbourne Museum in the invertebrate zoology section - which is the sort of animal a squid is - an invertebrate. I worked surrounded by jars and jars of squid and other squishy things preserved in alcohol - ugh. However there were regular cook ups of squid for departmental lunches (not specimens from the collection - purchased at the market) and the people working there were by far the best calamari chefs - better than any restaurant.

I never cooked them myself but the nicest ones I've tasted were battered and deep fried for just a couple of minutes - very very briefly. Maybe just experiment with this to see - but it is the overcooking that can make them so rubbery. Also it's much better to cook them fresh if possible - apparently the freezing does something to them.

Hope you enjoy!
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From: lendube
Date: 01-27-2007, 01:00 PM (6 of 8)
Thanks and welcome back, Pauline! Sounds like you had a fun time.

Well, I've been spared! Dh got home around 12:30 a.m. and had nothing to show for his five hours at sea. On a boat of 18 fisherpersons (dh went with a female employee of his) only two squid were caught and not even one by the greatest fisherman of all time (i.e. dh)!

I'll make note of it and when, it's inevitable :cool: , there are squid to be cooked I'll follow the suggestions above.

thx, Lennie
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-29-2007, 06:23 PM (7 of 8)
When I used to volunteer at our Greek Night Fund Raiser, Our Priest demonstrated the correct way to tenderize the calamari before cooking as part of the program one year.. The Greeks beat them against the rocks to break down the tissue and that is what makes them tender.. After the Demo, the chefs took it back to the kitchen and cooked it .. (Trays and trays of small bites were passed out)... this was delicious and very tender..
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From: cowqueenie
Date: 01-29-2007, 07:37 PM (8 of 8)

(as she faints!!!)

The VERY conservative hotdish midwesterner doesn't like to hear squishy things when she bites! HE HE

Had to try it on a dare one time and I swallowed it so fast I truly cannot tell you WHAT it tasted like. I just know it slimed down my throat pretty fast!

Sorry Lennie! Glad it is you and not me!!!! And am ever so glad my dear dear hubby doesn't fish OR eat squid either! :)
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