Author of nine cookbooks, chef/owner of 23 restaurants and host of several television shows including ABC's "The Chew."
(Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as a first course)
- 1 1/2 pounds large cleaned squid
- 4 slices country-style white bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup finely chopped drained oil-packed sundried tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh chives
- Separate the squid bodies and tentacles and refrigerate the tentacles. Place the bodies in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover partially and simmer until tender, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, place the bread in a food processor and process until medium-fine crumbs form. Heat a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup breadcrumbs and cook until crisp and beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 6 minutes. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sundried tomatoes and garlic and sauté until the garlic starts to color, about 3 minutes. Add the toasted breadcrumbs and stir until well mixed. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Mix in the parsley, green onions and thyme. Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
- Combine the plum tomatoes, chives and 3 tablespoons of oil in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drain the squid bodies and cool slightly. Stuff with the breadcrumb mixture.
- Preheat the broiler. Place the squid bodies and tentacles on a baking sheet or broiler pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until beginning to brown and crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Divide the squid among 4 warmed plates. Spoon the tomato mixture over and serve immediately.
- Called calamari on Italian menus, squid are fresh-tasting and tender-crisp when grilled, sautéed or deep fried for no more than 3 minutes, or simmered for 45 minutes to an hour. Anything in between and it will be tough.