Stuffed calamari

This morning Zagreb was covered in fog, like a cold blanket it settled above the streets and crawled in between the buildings. I could feel the cold air trying to get in through the windows of my apartment, while I was trying to find the sun they said was coming out today. Unable to find it, I just wished I was at the seaside again, where my friends who live at the coast still go each day for a swim even though it’s the middle of October.

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Island Vis, Croatia

What always gets me out of this funk is cooking, and I just had all of the ingredients for a perfect summer recipe! Even though there are many ways of preparing calamari, still one of them which I find most delicious is Stuffed calamari. I bought some today at the local market, freshly caught the day before in the Adriatic. Have to say I find fish and seafood in general from the Adriatic most delicious, and if you get a chance to visit the Croatian coast, go to a traditional seafood restaurant so you can enjoy one of our specialties!

Until then you have this, as well as the other delicious recipes I’ve posted to prepare it yourself.

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Enjoy & happy cooking!


Preparation: 25 min

Cook time: 30 min

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 1 kg calamari
  • 250 g rice
  • 60 g bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp basil, fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 80 g Edam cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 dl white wine
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Stuffed calamari

How to

  1. Heat a sprinkle of olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Add rice and cook with the addition of water, seasoned with salt, 1/2 tbsp of parsley, 1 tsp of basil and 1 tsp of oregano.
  2. Clean the calamari, remove tentacles and chop them.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together cooked rice, bacon, Edam cheese and garlic. Stuff the calamari with the rice and bacon mixture and place them in a large baking tray. If there’s more rice mixture than needed you can place it around stuffed calamari in the baking tray.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200Β° C. Season the stuffed calamari withΒ the rest of the parsley, basil and oregano. Sprinkle bread crumbs over them, with some olive oil and white wine.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 to 30 min until cheese melts and calamari are cooked through.

 

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    My mother-in-law used to make stuffed calamari but used breadcrumbs. I know my husband would enjoy your version stuffed with rice.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! As mentioned there are many versions, and I’m sure I’ll be posting some, of stuffed calamari, and each one is as delicious πŸ˜€

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  2. this sounds/looks good! maybe i’ll try out the recipe this weekend

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! Share how they turned out! πŸ™‚

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  3. This sounds really lovely πŸ™‚

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much!

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  4. Yes! We have a similar recipe on the Amalfi-Coast and I love this way of eating calamari! Soooo yummy!

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  5. Lan says:

    Showed this recipe to my mom..fingers crossed.. hope to see it on the table for sunday’s dinner..

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, that sounds amazing! Hope you get to try this recipe and like it as much as I do πŸ™‚

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  6. Andrea says:

    Another great recipe. The fishmonger has beautiful squid at the moment β€” shall have to try this!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, hope you enjoy the flavour as much as I do and that everything goes great! πŸ™‚

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  7. This would be one of my favorites I’m sure!!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      I’m sure it would, it’s a great example of mediterranean food πŸ™‚

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