From Too Many Chefs -

May 25, 2004
Wrightwood Squid

My wife hosted a bridal shower the Friday for a very good friend of ours (and a better of friend of someone else on this blog, ahem) and I was drafted to help cater the event. We opted for Mexican food (since the bride is a fan of Southwestern/Mexican cuisine), and made a few easy dishes like quesadillas with roast poblano or sauteed mushrooms, individual nachos (chip, beans, jalapeno, beans, cheese, bake, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, chomp), and guacamole.

To stage the guacamole, we chopped up the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and garlic the night before and bagged them to be combined with avocados on site. We prepped four bags of proto-guacamole but only ended up serving two. So now I had two bags of chopped veggies and nothing to do with them.

Nothing, that is, until tonight, when I combined the bag with squid and came up with what I'm calling...

Wrightwood Squid

3 large tomatoes, diced (or 5 roma tomatoes, diced)
1/2 white onion, diced
1 small bunch of cilantro, minced
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 clove of garlic for rubbing.
Crusty french bread, cut into slices.
1 pound of squid, hoods and tentacles, cleaned
2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 eggs
2 more tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice to taste

Make sure your squid is cleaned by the seafood store or the counter at the supermarket. It's a pain in the butt to debeak those things and life's too short for that.

Hard boil the eggs 9 minutes. The yolk should be set, but a little moist and dark. Peel, cut into quarters, and set aside.

Toast the french bread, rub with garlic as if making bruschetta.

Slice the squid into 1/3" rings and split any large tentacles into bite sized pieces.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet. When hot, add the fish sauce and the squid. Pan fry for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, cilantro, and red wine vinegar. Reduce heat to medium. Sautee about 7 minutes or until squid is tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Drain squid mix into large bowl, reserving liquid. Return liquid to heat, reduce by 50%. Add a pinch or two of flour if desired to thicken into a sauce. Pour sauce over squid mix.

Wipe the pan clean-ish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, heat until hot. Add bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Fry crumbs until golden brown. Add in hard boiled egg, toss to coat eggs loosely and cook for 30 seconds or so.

Add the eggs and breadcrumbs to the squid mix, toss all together.

Put a slice of garlic rubbed French bread in bottom of bowl, Ladle squid mix into bowls to serve. If desired, add lemon juice at end.

This was a mostly improvised recipe, and surprisingly, the redhead liked it. Wrightwood by the way, is the name of one of the streets on the corner where we live.

Now what to do with the other bag of proto-guacamole?

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at May 25, 2004 8:39 PM | TrackBack

You've outdone yourself photographically...

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 26, 2004 at 5:17 AM

I was going to wish you a "happy" birthday, but now I'll just wish you a "relatively uneventful" one.

Whatever. It tastes great and is plenty nutritious.

Posted by Barrett on May 26, 2004 at 7:26 AM

What? What did I say??

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 26, 2004 at 8:20 AM

Oh and a suggestion for the other bag of veggies: pico de gallo and tortilla chips in front of the TV.

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 26, 2004 at 8:28 AM

Interesting you suggest that - I've been debating whether to make pico de gallo, guacamole (again), or gazpacho. The one problem with gazpacho is R doesn't like the taste of cucumber, but it sounds healthier to me than tortilla chips and anything.

And you know what you said, Mrs. Birthday Girl.

Posted by Barrett on May 26, 2004 at 9:39 AM

Happy Birthday to Meg!

Another stunning visual from the Geek on a tastily written dish. And I mean stunned in the worst sense, of course.

What pesticide did you use for the veggies?

Posted by Bryan on May 26, 2004 at 9:58 AM

Clearly not one that gets rid of at least one type of pest.

Posted by Barrett on May 26, 2004 at 10:10 AM

What? I don't get it. You mind if I just sit here and talk? What? Hey! Hey! Cut that out!

Posted by Bryan on May 26, 2004 at 5:48 PM