Stuffed cheesy calamari

I’m sharing this recipe today because in my family we always prepare seafood dishes on Friday, so this is a great option for tomorrow’s dinner. Either it’s fish, clams, or squid, I’m always looking forward to that time of the week when I get the chance to prepare a seafood dish. Don’t know if it’s a general case, but here in Zagreb most of my friends, who are a younger generation, practically don’t eat fish and other seafood or don’t eat it enough. Guys usually say that seafood isn’t food, or if a pig could swim, then they would eat seafood, and girls like to say they do but it comes down to twice a year, even though there are always exceptions. I just think that a diet should consist of seafood because it’s a rich source of omega-3, vitamins A and D, proteins and some ‘good’ fats – so be sure to eat more seafood!

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Interesting facts about calamari/squid:

  • word calamari comes from Italian and means squid
  • calamari belong to a class of animals called cephalopods
  • largest squid found weighed over a 1000 pounds
  • calamari are mostly a part of European and Asian cuisines
  • even though squids don’t have shells, they are related to shellfish

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This dish can be even better with a side of fresh lettuce salad dressed with a splash of white aceto balsamico and vegetable oil. You can enjoy it also with a glass of red Chianti which pairs well with stuffed calamari.

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Enjoy & happy cooking!

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Preparation: 30 min

Cook time: 45 min

Servings: 4


Ingredients

  • 800 g calamari
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 50 g prosciutto, chopped
  • 50 g Edam cheese, grated
  • 50 g Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 20 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 50 ml red wine
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper to season

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How to

  1. Clean the calamari by washing them and taking out the center cartilage as well as the entrails, set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan cook 1 cup of rice by gradually adding 3 cups of vegetable broth. When it’s all most cooked stir in a bit of salt and pepper, thyme, nutmeg, fresh parsley and oregano, as well as red wine and let the alcohol evaporate before finishing it with a tbsp of butter. When the rice cools down, stir in chopped prosciutto, grated Mozzarella and half of the grated Edam cheese.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180° C. Butter up a large baking tray.
  4. Stuff the fresh calamari with the rice mixture and place them in a buttered up baking tray. Place the leftover rice around the stuffed calamari and top them off with the second half of grated Edam cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven until cheese melts, and they’re crispy and golden, about 40 min depending on the size of calamari. Enjoy!

 

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    My mother-in-law used to make stuffed calamari on new year’s eve and used bread crumbs. Your version stuffed with rice sounds good.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much, you have to give this recipe a try 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. OMG I Love calamari!!!! This looks amazing!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you so much, happy to hear it, you should give the recipe a try, it’s pretty simple and so flavorful!! 😀

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  3. Looks amazing! I love calamari! I will have to give this one a try!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Share any feedback, I love this recipe it’s so easy to prepare and really delicious, also thanks for stopping by!! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I’ve only ever had fried calamari from a restaurant, and would have NO CLUE where to buy squid around here in the middle of Oregon, lol! But this looks delicious!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thanks, I really like fried calamari.. well if you get a chance, give it a try 🙂

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  5. littlelilly says:

    I love calamari!😋😋😋

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  6. My Real Dish says:

    My husband would flip over this recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      You should give it a try, it’s so delicious! 😀

      Like

  7. I’m always looking for ways to eat more seafood. The colors and flavors here are divine!

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you very much! 🙂

      Like

  8. I’ve never had stuffed calamari. That looks and sounds amazing.

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    1. chefkreso says:

      You should give them a try, they’re amazing!! 🙂

      Like

  9. annika says:

    I definitely have to pass this recipe to my husband. Will let you know the results!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, can’t wait to hear from you!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Looks very yummy! For now I’ve only had calamari fritti😃😊

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    1. chefkreso says:

      Love calamari fritti but this is also a must-try!

      Liked by 1 person

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