Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dips and Dustings

For Dolly's birthday dinner, she asked for a Calamari appetizer. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, so before I lose the scraps of paper I made my notes on, I thought I'd write it all down here where I can find it a lot easier later.
And while I'm in a recording mode, let it be noted that Dolly made dinner by herself (mostly) Monday night. Tuna Casserole (she followed a recipe out of her new cookbook) and perfectly cooked green beans. She'll never understand what a treasure to me that milestone was, but it's one I'll savor for a long time.

Deep Fry Calamari Appetizer
Serves 8
  • 680 g. calamari pieces
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½large onion
  • 1&12;c. flour
  • &34;tsp. ground black pepper
  • &3tsp. salt
  • 2tsp. paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying
Thaw (if frozen) and drain calamari. Slice pepper into ¼" strips. Thinly slice onion across the grain to make ¼" or smaller half-ring strips. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper and paprika. Heat oil to 375° in a large skillet. In turns, dust and fry calamari, peppers and onions for 2-5 min until golden. Drain and keep in a low temp oven until ready to serve. Layer peppers and onions throughout calamari on a platter and serve with a dip of your choice.



Chipotle Dip
Makes about 2 cups.
  • 2 Tbs. pureed Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
  • ¾c. mayonnaise
  • ½c. plain yogurt
  • ½c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
Mix all ingredients together and serve! Super easy, and delicious!

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