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Risotto Con Calamari (Rice with Squid)

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Category: Italian, Seafood

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 lb Squid with tentacles
  • 4 tb Olive oil
  • 1 lg Onion; chopped
  • 1 Pimiento; chopped
  • 1 Tomato; peeled, seeded,
  • -; & chopped
  • 2 Garlic clove; minced
  • 1 tb Parsley, minced
  • -Kosher salt; to taste
  • -Pepper; to taste
  • 1 pn Saffron threads
  • 1/2 Chili pepper, deveined
  • -crumbled
  • 1/4 c Dry red wine
  • 2 c Short-grain rice
  • 3 c Fish broth or claim juice,
  • -heated to a boil
  • 1 Pimiento, cut into strips




3 Garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 c Olive oil

Clean the squid, reserving their ink sacs and the tentacles. Cut the squid
into 1/2-inch-wide rings or into pieces. Chop the tentacles.

In a wide, shallow casserole, preferably earthenware and about 12 inches
across, heat the oil and saute the onion until it is wilted. Add the squid
rings and tentacles and saute for 5 minutes; then add the chopped pimiento,
tomato, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, saffron, and chili pepper. Cover and
simmer for 30 minutes.

Break the ink sacs into a cup and mix with the wine. Pass this mixture
through a sieve several times until most of the ink is extracted. Reserve.
Add the rice and boiling hot broth to the casserole and stir in the ink
mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook over
medium-high heat, uncovered, and stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or
until the rice is no longer soupy but some liquid remains. Decorate with
the pimiento strips and transfer to a 325-degree oven. Bake for 15 minutes,
uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed but the rice is not quite done.
Remove from the oven, cover lightly with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.

While the rice is resting, make the garlic sauce. Place the crushed garlic
in a processor or blender. Very gradually, with the motor running, pour in
the oil. Blend until smooth. Serve separately.

This recipe is based on Penelope Casas' Arroz Negro from her excellent book
The Foods and Wines of Spain. The result is a superb, rich black risotto.
Use only Italian short-grain rice; otherwise the dish will not work. The
rice will be mushy.

Yield: 4-6 servings. Note: Serve this dish with a salad and a dry white
wine. From: Pat Stockett

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