Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tomato, Parsley and Pine Nut Stuffed Squid

After using pine nuts for the pine nut and almond tart I made last week, I used the leftover nuts to make stuffed squid. I had never had stuffed squid and am glad to have discovered a new way to enjoy it. I am used to using squid in various summer salads as well as in pasta dishes but this was a great way to enjoy it as an appetizer or a light meal. I made a pine nut, tomato and herb stuffing but you could really use anything you think would pair well with squid.

The squid sort of looks like mini rockets ready to launch.. but I can assure you that it was delicious!

Tomato and Pine Nut Stuffed Squid

(for 4)
4 squid, discard tentacles
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
2 teaspoons of drained capers
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Gently wash the squid and thoroughly dry. Lightly score both sides. Reserve.

Seed the tomatoes and cut in small cubes. Finely chop the pine nuts, capers and parsley. Put the tomatoes, pine nuts, capers and parsley in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix.

Stuff the squid with the tomato mixture. Turn your grill to medium high heat. Lightly season the outside of the squid with and place on the hot grill. Grill for 3 minutes on each side, lightly pressing down on the squid to get nice grilled marks. Serve atop of crusty bread and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!


Audrey said...

You've made squid seem so appealing! Now, that's talent! :)

Peter M said...

Gotta dig a gal that knows her way around the dish.

Coco Bean said...

I went to Italy when I was 18, with a bunch of other teenagers, when we ordered "calamari" they brought us each a GIANT squid that was stuffed! To teenagers that is a scary thing, but now that I am grown up this looks delicious!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

This looks so beautiful that I'm tempted to try squid at home. Very nice recipe and presentation.

Elyse said...

You know, I love squid, but I've never had it stuffed with anything. I'm definitely going to have to try this...especially because I love pinenuts so much! What a great meal you've put together!

Jennifer said...

That is the best looking squid I've ever seen! Fabulous idea!!

The Italian Dish said...

I love to stuff squid and grill it! I love your stuffing, though - would love to try it.

Cynthia said...

Ouuuuuu, stuffed calamari. Sigh.

Marta said...

Stuffed Squid is such a terrific Italian light meal! Yours look great and I'll be trying your combo of pine nuts and tomatoes soon!
Thanks for charing this great recipe!

Lori said...

I am so glad you found this way and shared it because I'm always looking for an alternative to frying. Thanks for sharing this. It looks delicious.

chocolatecup said...

this loook amazing:)

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

I love an excellent squid recipe: superb!!

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