Stuffed Squid with Lobster Sauce
Squid are a staple in Mediterranean cuisines, either cut into rings and fried or, as in this recipe, stuffed with their own chopped-up meat and/or other flavorings.
Yield: serves 4
- 1⁄2 oz. dried cèpes
- 1 1⁄2 lb. small squid, cleaned, with tentacles removed and reserved
- 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium shallots, peeled and minced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 1⁄2 oz. white mushrooms, diced
- 1 plum tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
- 3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup Lobster Stock
- 1⁄4 cup Veal Stock
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- Place cèpes in a small bowl, cover with hot water and set aside until soft, about 10 minutes, then drain, rinse, and finely chop. Reserve 12 whole squid. Finely chop remaining squid bodies. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, cèpes, and white mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, then add tomatoes and parsley. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more then stir in chopped squid. Cook until squid is firm, about 1 minute, then remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and set aside to cool.
- Place lobster stock in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add veal stock and reduce by two-thirds, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir in butter, season with salt and pepper, and keep warm.
- Spoon 2–3 tbsp. squid mixture into each reserved body, pinning closed with a toothpick. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook stuffed squid, in batches, turning frequently, until golden, 3–6 minutes. Transfer to a large plate, cover with aluminum foil, and set aside. Wipe out skillet, add remaining oil, and sauté reserved tentacles until firm, about 1 minute. Remove toothpicks, arrange 3 stuffed squid on each plate, spoon sauce around, and garnish with tentacles and parsley sprigs if desired.