Calamari Farciti Positano (stuffed Squid)

Calamari Farciti Positano (stuffed Squid)


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 slices pancetta, coarsely chopped (Italian bacon)
  • 1 T onions, chopped
  • 1/2 ts garlic
  • 1/3 c bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 ts red pepper, crushed
  • 10 lg mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 4 parsley spring, chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, leaves only, chopped
  • 16 calamari (bodies about 3" long)
  • 1/4 c white wine, dry
  • 1 c rice, cooked
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • pinch white pepper
  • 1/4 c bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c Parmesan, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 ts garlic, chopped
  • 1 pn red pepper, crushed
  • 1 c Italian plum tomatoes, chopped (reserve juice)
  • 1 c juice from tomatoes
  • 1 c fish stock
  • 3 basil, fresh, chopped
  • 3 parsley sprig, fresh


Servings: 4. Salt and pepper to taste Clean and skin the calamari. In a skillet, heat the olive oil and pancetta over medium heat. Saut the onions, garlic, red and green bell peppers, and crushed red pepper until onions are lightly browned. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until mushrooms become moist. Add parsely, celery leaves and chopped squid tentacles and cook for a minute while stirring lightly. Add wine and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice thoroughly. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When mixture is lukewarm, stir in bread crumbs, cheese, and egg, plus salt and pepper to taste. Load the mixture into a pastry bag with a large tip. Squeeze the stuffing into the bodies of the calamari. After stuffing all the calamari, fold the open ends shut and secure with toothpicks. Preheat oven to 400F. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the garlic and crushed red pepper for 30 seconds, then add tomatoes, juice, and fish stock. Bring to a boil and reduce by about one-third. Add basil and salt and pepper to taste. Put the stuffed calamari into the sauce. Return the sauce to a boil, then put the skillet into a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove the calamari from the sauce and keep warm. Put the sauce over a medium heat and reduce for 10 minutes, until appropriately thick. Add chopped parsley and stuffed calamari. Heat through, and serve with lots of sauce.

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