Stuffed Calamari with Tomato Sauce, Polenta Recipe

Stuffed Calamari with Tomato Sauce, Polenta Recipe


For the calamari
  • 10 medium calamari tubes, 2 calamari thinly sliced
  • ½ pound wild-caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4-5 sea scallops, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or pinch of cayenne
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the tomato sauce
  • 1 medium-size white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Roma or wine tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the polenta
  • 1 cup polenta (with truffles)
  • 2 ½ cup water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnishing Parsley, finely chopped


Make the stuffing:
  1. Cut shrimp and scallops in three pieces. In a food processor, blend shrimp, scallops, 2 sliced calamari tubes and garlic into a coarse paste. Transfer to a bowl. Then add cheese, parsley, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  2. Make stuffed calamari: Using a small spoon, start stuffing the calamari tubes until almost full and shapely, leaving just 1/2 inch opening, pierce and secure with the toothpick.
  3. To blanched tomatoes: Using a sharp knife, cut an “X” on the bottom of each tomato, it will help to loosen the skin. Place them in rapidly boiling water for 1 minute, then plunge the tomatoes into an ice bath with the slotted spoon. Let them cool slightly, peel the skin off. Chop the tomatoes finely.
  4. Make the sauce: Heat the oil in a large wide-sided skillet, add onions and sauté for 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Then add tomatoes and sugar, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  5. In a single layer, place stuffed calamari on top of the sauce, cover with the lid and cook for 20 minutes on medium-low heat.
  6. Make polenta: Meanwhile, bring the water to a boil, add polenta, bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve calamari either sliced on the bias or intact on a bed of polenta with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley and extra serving of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top.
Recipe source: artdefete