Tis’ the season for another Italian Tradition for the Feast of Seven Fishes. Always a customer favorite in the market, especially around the holidays- Fresh squid! There are many different ways to prepare this favored specialty- baked, fried, marinated or stuffed, no matter what you choose, your family is sure to love it! Below are some of our favorite recipes:
First up, one of our chef’s favorite- her Italian Style Squid Salad!
Italian Style Marinated Squid Salad
• 2 lbs. squid cleaned, bodies in rings and tentacles whole
• 1 cup olive oil
• 3 cups onions, thinly sliced
• ¼ cup garlic paste, or sliced cloves or fresh garlic
• ½ tsp. thyme, dried
• 3 bay leaves
• 8 peppercorns
• 1tsp. salt
• 1 cup white wine vinegar
• 1 cup white wine
• ½ cup water
• Heat oil. Add onions, garlic thyme, bay, peppercorns. Fry until onions are transparent, not brown. Add vinegar, wine, water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 min. Let cool, so that squid doesn’t overcook. Add squid, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. To serve, add more lemon juice and a bit of salt, to set the tart balance. Slightly drain squid. Serves 8
Who doesn’t love a good Fried Calamari Appetizer? Below is a simple recipe to follow and an appetizer that your guests are sure to love!
Favorite Fried Calamari thanks to the Cooking Channel
And for the main event…
Stuffed Calamari provided by Saveur Magazine
Another one of our Holiday Favorites, Eel! Throughout much of Italy, eel was traditionally cooked as dish served around the holidays because it was considered to be good luck for those who ate it. This is a very old custom dating back to the days when people believed snakes to be evil because of their role in the story of Adam & Eve. Because it so closely resembles a serpent, by eating eel, one was symbolically triumphing over the devil and good fortune was sure to follow. Carrying on the tradition from generations past, Eel is often one of the fishes served during Christmas Eve’s Feast of the 7 Fishes here is in the US.
NOTE: Our live eels will be sold to either take home to prepare yourself or we can prepare them in house for you.
Some of our favorite Eel Recipes:
Eel Livornese, courtesy of The Food Network
Fried Eel, courtesy of Bobby Flay, Food Network
Check back with us tomorrow for information and holiday recipes on Mussels, Clams and Oysters!
The Euclid Fish Company