Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Calamari Appetizer

This felt like such a cheat! We came across some calamari steaks while shopping, and thought we'd try it out. Just dip calamari in egg and then dredge it in almond meal (I mixed some fresh ground pepper, italian herbal seasoning, garlic and onion powder with the almond meal). Then, in your non-stick pan, heat 1 T olive oil on medium high. Place calamari steaks in pan when hot, and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Squeeze some fresh lemon over the top, and enjoy! If you do not have almond meal in your pantry, I highly recommend getting some. I buy it at Trader Joe's (typical) and it was pretty cheap (also typical)! In most cases this can substitute breadcrumbs, and adds great flavor!


Karen Frechou said...

Love this! Almond meal is great for this purpose. I use it on my tilapia! mmm...if I use any type of bread crumb, I find panko and even better is crushed melba toasts and bake (vs fry) on a rack (not on a pan) which keeps the crust from getting soggy which is what you typically get when you try to "oven-fry". Thanks Kelly.

Steve T said...

Can you tell me how many blocks this is ??

Kelly Greco said...

Thanks for the input, Karen!
Steve, this was about a 6oz calamari steak, which I split with my husband for an appetizer. It was 2 blocks fat and protein for each approximate 3oz portion. I got my carbs from the glass of wine I had with it. :) But It could be a 4 block meal, with a side of veggies and a salad!

Anonymous said...

I am allergic to tree nuts what can I use in place of almond meal?

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