Do you ever cook squid at home? To be honest, it's usually a dinner-out dish for me, and one that most often takes the form of crispy fried calamari. But this method for oven-roasted squid from Chez Panisse chef David Tanis
has me curious. No frying required! This comes from Tanis's most recent cookbook, Heart of the Artichoke
. He describes tossing the sliced squid in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then roasting them at 450°F for about fifteen minutes. Could it get any easier than that?
According to Tanis, the rings and tentacles will puff up in the heat of the oven and become browned. A generous handful of garlic and parsley finishes off the dish. This isn't going to be the batter-fried calamari we're used to from restaurant appetizer menus, of course. But as a quick appetizer for a crowd of hungry guests (or just me and my husband!), this sounds incredible.
There's no actual recipe for this dish; just the basic idea. I can see playing around with the spices, adding some smoked paprika for a Spanish twist or za'atar for a Middle Eastern one.
Have you ever prepared squid this way?
• Buy the Book: Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys by David Tanis ($23.10 on Amazon)
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