March breACK! 2014: The Kids Make Mediterranean: Lemony Grilled Calamari and Beer Battered [Fried] Calamari

The Kids Make Mediterranean Beer Battered Calamari and Lemony Grilled Calamari
The kids made their own Mediterranean themed lunches again today!  On the menu? One of their faves! Calamari! Funny thing is, Bea prefers her Calamari grilled with plenty of lemon, while Toby prefers his Calamari Fried.  Here are the two simple recipes they followed today! [Of course, the frying requires parental supervision!]

Lemony Grilled Calamari Recipe
Bisha’s Lemony Grilled Calamari 

1 lb cleaned squid/calamari, sliced into rings, tentacles whole [if desired]
.25 c olive oil
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tsp lemon zest
4 tbs fresh lemon juice [from one large, juicy lemon]
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes [optional]
additional lemon wedges

In a bowl, mix the oil, garlic, zest, juice, salt and pepper.
Toss the calamari in the marinade.
Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Spray a bit of olive oil onto a grill pan.
Heat pan to medium high heat and grill for 2 minutes.
Flip calamari with tongs and grill for another 2 minutes.
Serve with lemon wedges!

Beer Battered Fried Calamari Recipe
Toby’s Beer-Battered [Fried] Calamari

.3 c + 1 tbs cornstarch
.5 c all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic powder
.25 tsp baking powder
.5 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika, optional
a dash of black and cayenne pepper
250 oz / 1.25 c beer [That’s .5 a 500ml can. We used Innis & Gunn]
1 lb cleaned squid/calamari, sliced into rings, [if desired] tentacles whole
1 additional cup flour for the frying process
a few popcorn kernels, optional

A popcorn kernel dropped into a pot of oil before heating will pop when the oil reaches 350F

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a “donut hole” in the centre.
Add the beer and use a whisk to make a batter.
Don’t leave any lumps!
With a parent’s help, in  a heavy saucepan with a thermometer attached, heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
[If you put a few popcorn kernels in the pan before you begin to heat the oil, they will pop when the oil reaches 350!  Remember to remove with tongs or a spoon!]
In batches, dip the squid pieces in that additional cup of flour, shaking off the excess.
Then, coat those pieces with the wet batter.
With a parent’s help, fry the squid in batches in the hot oil until they are a deep golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Removing the squid with tongs, a mesh sieve or a slotted spoon.
Drain the squid on clean cloths or on paper towels.
Serve with mayo [mama likes her mixed with a little hot sauce] or “naked” as you please.
The kids at work!

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