10 Min to Captivating Calamari with Peperoncini Mayo.

calamari

Calamari is one of the simple pleasures of life.

 

It’s easy to prepare, it’s inexpensive at about $6.00/lb and it is one of the best fried foods that you can make in under 10 minutes.

It’s very versatile, can be grilled, baked, sauteed but for a quick snack fry it up.

Calamari with Peperoncini Mayonnaise.

go ahead punk, make your day……

1 pound fresh calamari tubes.  Rinsed , dried and sliced into 1/2 ” rings
1 cup buttermilk or half and half. I used heavy cream. Naughty.
1-1/4 cup generic white all-purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Old Bay
2 cups of vegetable oil

Soak the calamari in the cream for about 2 hours.  Combine the flour with the salt, pepper and Old Bay in a large bowl.  Take the calamari from the cream and let the excess cream drain off.  Coat the calamari in the seasoned flour mixture, a couple of pieces at a time, as to not allow clumping. Shake off the flour, as you don’t want lumpy calamari.

Pour  the oil into a deep pan. It should be about 2 inches worth then  heat to about 365 or until the oil bubbles. To see if the oil is ready just drop a little itty bitty piece of calamari in. If it bubbles up right away, the drop em’ baby.

Fry calamari, in small batches, for about 2 1/2 minute sor until golden brown, turning after 30 or 40 seconds.  Drain on the inside of a paper bag, like mom used to, or just use a couple of layers of paper towels. 

Now for that deliciously simple Peperoncini Mayonnaise.

4 Large Peperoncini peppers

1 Cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp fresh black pepper

1/8 tsp onion powder

4 large Peperoncini peppers, sliced lenght wise and remove the seeds and discard the stems.

Rinse in cold water, pat dry with a paper towel, then mince.

Stir into mayonnaise in a small bowl along with the salt, pepper and onion powder.

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