Calamares Rellenos (Stuffed Squid)

stuffed squidLast night, my husband’s nephew went fishing with his dad and actually caught lots of squid.

fresh squid

He went home with 5 and brought it home so we can prepare something with it.

You can only see three of the fresh HUGE catch in this photo.

So, my mother-in-law and I went to work with the fresh squid. It was actually hard to clean it and turn it inside out (to make sure that inside it’s also clean) as it was really fresh. But if you don’t want or you don’t like cleaning the squid, then you can always buy the frozen and already cleaned ones!

We decided to make some of my MIL’s mean Calamares Rellenos. Whenever we make this dish, people would always say that it is really hard and complicated to make it. It’s actually very easy to make!

The ingredients:

5 cleaned squid (head, tentacles, etc. sliced and diced)

Ground meat (we used ground beef and chicken meat)

chopped parsley, 4 hard-boiled eggs, minced garlic

1 pack of frozen boiled shrimps

onion, green pepper and peeled tomatoes (diced)

olive oil

fish broth

salt, black pepper, paprika, saffron, brandy or white wine

First, pre-heat your oven at 170º – 200º C.

The Filling: 

filling

Place olive oil in a pan. When the oil is already hot, place the ground meat in the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. When the meat has already changed its color, add the sliced parts of the squid. After a couple of minutes, add the shrimps. Don’t forget to stir it! ^^) After a couple of minutes, add the parsley. Lastly, add two of the diced hard-boiled eggs.

Get one of the squid and stuff it with the filling. While stuffing, you can pinch the squid with the toothpick so the liquid gets drained and the stuffing won’t get watery. Close your squid with a toothpick as shown above.

Once you’ve stuffed all of your squid, place the squid in a glass dish, pour over it what was left of the filling. Nothing goes to waste! ^^)

The sauce:

In the same pan, place a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions. Once the onion is already transparent, add the green pepper. After a couple of minutes, add the peeled and sliced tomatoes. Add a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper. If you prefer a thicker sauce, add some bread crumbs.

Get your turbo mixer to make sure your sauce won’t have any big chunks in it. In the glass baking dish, add what has remained of your parsley, paprika, powdered saffron, white wine or brandy.

Pour in your sauce and the fish broth. Place it inside the oven. I placed mine in the lower part of the oven. Cook in the oven for 45-60 mins. depending on the size of your squid.

Serve with rice, bread or baked potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. Enjoy!

This recipe was first seen in my sewing blog, To Sew With Love.

Calamares (rellenos) a la mallorquina

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3 thoughts on “Calamares Rellenos (Stuffed Squid)

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