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Calamari, mussels, octopuss, shrimps, scampies, tuna, cod fish, swordfish, red snapper and snails is what comes to mind when we think about Seafood.  

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Calamari Pan Fried - Calamari Fritti a la padella

 

Calamari Fritti a la padella

Calamari Fritti a la padellaIngredients:

• 3 lbs. squid-cleaned, and cut into rings
• oil for frying
• 1 cup of flour
• 2 tbls corn starch
• salt and pepper
• lemon wedges for garnishing

Directions:

Make sure you run very cold water over the calamari - drain excess water and then dredge in flour before frying them.

Do not over fry the calamari. I highly recommend a cooking thermometer for oil which will give you an accurate read when frying the calamari. The ideal temperature is 325 to 375 Fahrenheit.

1• Heat 1 inch of oil in a deep skillet until the right termperature has been achieved (as mentioned above) and then dip calamari in flour, shaking off excess flour mix and then fry until golden

2• Drain on paper towels and then add salt and pepper to your taste and garnish with lemon wedges

Cod (salted) Pan Fried - Baccala Fritto a la Santa Elisabetta

 

Cod (salted) Pan Fried

Cod (salted) Pan FriedIngredients:

• 2 lbs. of salted cod
• flour
• 1/2 cup of olive oil
• lemon juice (2)
• pepper
• flour

Directions:

Traditional Recipe

1• Add baccala in a pot of cold water for two days to reduce the salt content. Replace water at least 3 times a day to make sure the salt is removed properly.
2• When ready heat 1 inch of oil in a deep skillet/dip baccala in flour, and shake off excess flour and then fry until golden, drain on paper towels, and serve with lemon wedges

Batter Style Cod Batter Style Cod

Ingredients:

• 2 lbs. of salted cod
• flour
• 1/2 cup of olive oil
• lemon juice (2)
• pepper
• 3 eggs
• flour

1• Add baccala in a pot of cold water for two days to reduce the salt content. (Preferable to cut pieces into 2 inch pieces before so they fit in the pot). Replace water at least 3 times a day to make sure the salt is removed properly.
2• Make a marinade with oil, lemon juice and pepper and then add the cut baccala. Marinate overnight only after the salted cod is de-salted as mentioned above.
3• Prepare batter by beating eggs together with 3 tbls. of flour and pepper then heat oil in a deep skillet and then dredge fish in flour, and dip into batter then fry until golden on both sides.

Eel Pan Fried - Anguila Fritti a la padella

 

Eel Pan Fried

Eel Pan Fried - Anguila Fritti a la padellaIngredients:

• 2 lbs. of eel-skinned, and cleaned
• 1/2 cup of olive oil
• flour
• 1 tsp. of rosemary
• salt and pepper

Directions:

1• Cut eel lengthwise into 4 inch pieces
2• Sprinkle with salt,pepper, and rosemary
3• Dredge in flour
4• Fry until golden brown on all sides

Marinara Seafood Pasta Sauce (White)

 

Marinara Seafood Pasta Sauce (White)

Seafood Pasta WhiteIngredients:

2 tbsp pure olive oil 25 mL
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine 125 mL
1 tsp salt 5 mL
1/4 tsp pepper 1 mL
1 can (5 oz/142 g) baby clams, drained, reserving liquid
12 mussels - cleaned
small calamari tubes - 5 oz
16 medium shrimps cleaned
small scallops - 20 pieces
1 lb spaghettini 450 g (choice)

Directions:

1• In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook 3 minutes or until softened.
2• Add wine, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup (75 mL) of reserved clam juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Add shrimps, scallops, calamari and cook 3 minutes. Finally add the mussels until colour change and opened. Discard unopened mussels.
3• Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta 6 minutes, or until tender but firm. Drain pasta. Toss with sauce and parsley, and serve immediately gently decorating the pasta plate with the mussels.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Marinara Seafood Pasta Sauce (Red)

 

Marinara Seafood Pasta Sauce (Red)

Seafood Pasta RedIngredients:

2 tbsp pure olive oil 25 mL
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) san marzano ground tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine 125 mL
1 tsp salt 5 mL
1/4 tsp pepper 1 mL
1 can (5 oz/142 g) baby clams, drained, reserving liquid
12 mussels - cleaned
small calamari tubes - 5 oz
16 medium shrimps cleaned
small scallops - 20 pieces
1 lb spaghettini 450 g (choice)

Directions:

1• In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; cook 3 minutes or until softened.
2• Add tomatoes, wine, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup (75 mL) of reserved clam juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Add shrimps, scallops, calamari and cook 3 minutes. Finally add the mussels until colour change and opened. Discard unopened mussels.
3• Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta 6 minutes, or until tender but firm. Drain pasta. Toss with sauce and parsley, and serve immediately gently decorating the pasta plate with the mussels.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Red Mullet in Onion Sauce - Triglie di Scoglio

 

Red Mullet in Onion Sauce - Triglie di Scoglio

Red Mullet in Onion SauceIngredients:

• Two red mullets (about 250 grams each)
• 200 grams of sliced white or yellow onions
• whole grain or white flour
• half cup of white wine vinegar (a good varietal vinegar is best)
• 50 grams of white sugar or refined (crystallized) brown sugar
• two tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley
• refined olive oil (for frying)
• virgin olive oil (to sauté onions)
• two eggs (well beaten)
• salt
• mild white pepper

In Sicilian waters, the best mullet is caught in the Spring. This dish, famous in Sicily's seaside communities, was a favorite of the aristocracy, with which it is strongly identified. The link is probably due to the rarity of good mullet during certain seasons. The use of cane sugar (introduced into Sicily by the Saracens) and onions in this way is essentially a North African touch the Sicilians call cipollata.

Directions:

1• Clean the mullets but leave the heads attached.
2• Liberally coat the fish with flour, dip them in the beaten eggs, and dredge them in flour again.
3• Fry the mullets in refined olive oil over medium heat, turning as necessary, until fully cooked. (Do so carefully; olive oil has a very low burning point.)
4• Remove mullets from pan and drain oil by placing fish on absorbent paper. Discard frying oil.
5• Very slowly sauté onions in virgin olive oil in a separate pan.
6• When cooked, add about a half cup of vinegar.
7• Add sugar and stir mixture.
8• When sugar begins to thicken or crystallize, add salt and pepper to taste.
9• Remove pan from heat. Add parsley. Add cooked mullets, or place fish on a plate and pour sauce over it.
10•Serve with a large slice of lemon. Traditionalists believe this dish is best served slightly chilled or at room temperature. (This makes it ideal if your dinner guests arrive late, after you've cooked the mullets).

Serves two.

Red Snapper in a Goat Cheese Sauce

 

Red Snapper in a Goat Cheese Sauce

Red Snapper in a Goat Cheese SauceIngredients:

• Fresh Goat Cheese 11 ounces
• 4 filets of red snapper
• 8 oz butter
• 8 oz fresh cream 35%
• 3 fl. oz of red vermouth or port wine
• salt and pepper to taste
• powdered cinnamon

Directions:

1• Melt 2 oz of butter in a frying panand add the vermouth
2• Season the filet with salt and pepper
3• Cook the filet on low heat for 3 minutes on each side in the butter and vermouth
4• Remove the filet and arrange them on a serving dish
5• In the frying pan, add the goat cheese, the creme fraiche, salt, pepper, and cinnamon
6• Stir and add the remaining 6 oz of butter
7• As soon as the butter is melted and the texture of the sauce is homogenous, poor the sauce over the filet
8• Serve hot

Serves 4
Preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 15 minutes

Scampi with gorgonzola

 

Scampi with gorgonzola

Scampi with gorgonzolaIngredients:

• Seafood stock
• 12 medium scampi
• 200g of rice
• 200g of Gorgonzola Cheese
• 200g of cream
• 1 Tablespoon of Mustard
• Salt and pepper
• 1 onion
• 1 clove of Garlic

Directions:

1• Heat seafood stock (Can be purchased in any large Grocery Store - read directions for use)
2• Chop the onion and put in pan. Add the rice and cover it with the stock.
3• Boil in a serving dish - as soon as the stock boils, cover the serving dish and put into oven
4• Cook until the stock has been absorbed
5• Clean the scampi, removing heads and shells
6• Fry them with garlic
7• Add the cream, the gorgonzola, mustard, salt & pepper
8• Mix carefully under low heat. Take the rice out of the oven and put into serving dish. Pour the sauce and the scampi in the middle

Serves 4

Shrimp and Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce

 

Shrimp and Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in Garlic Cream SauceIngredients:

• 5 tablespoons olive oil
• 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 4 cloves shallots, chopped
• 2 cups white wine
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
• 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
• 1 teaspoon turmeric spice
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 1 1/2 pounds (20/30 count) scallops
• 1 1/2 pounds (16/20 count) shrimp peeled and deveined with tails left on
• 1 1/2 to 2 pounds cooked pasta or rice, for an accompaniment
• salt and pepper to taste
• If you like hot spices you can add to your taste
• Optional: fresh mushrooms - diced

Directions:

1• In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil and cook garlic and shallot until translucent, about 2 minutes.
2• Deglaze the pan with the wine, and add parsley, basil and thyme and let the liquid reduce by half.
3• Add the cream and turmeric spice
4• Over low heat, let the sauce reduce to medium thickness.
5• To the now empty saute pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute scallops, cook until opaque and remove to a utility platter in a warm place.
6• Then use the same pan to saute shrimp just until pink, and remove to the utility platter.
7• Add cream sauce to saute pan to toss the drained pasta or rice with the cream sauce and seafood.
8• Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle with cheese, as garnish. Arrange shrimp and scallops on top and garnish with basil sprigs.

If you add the mushrooms you need to fry them seperately in olive oil seasoned with salt pepper and garlic powder. You can then add them allong with the 2 cups of heavy cream and then continue the process as stipulated above.

Shrimps, Tomatoes, and Capers with Pasta

 

Shrimps, Tomatoes, and Capers with Pasta

Shrimps, Tomatoes, and Capers with Pasta Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1 cup onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
• 1 can fresh, plum tomatoes, crushed gently
• 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
• 2 Tbs capers
• 1 lb fresh medium shrimp, peeled, deviened, and cut into 1/2" pieces
• salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

1• Put the olive oil and onion in a large skillet over, over medium heat and cook until the onion has turned golden brown.
2• Raise the heat to medium-high and add the tomatoes. Cook rapidly until most of the liquid has evaporated, but the tomatoes have not broken down completely.
3• While cooking the tomatoes bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot, add 1 tbs of salt, and drop in the pasta all at once, stirring until the strands are submerged. If you have a smaller pot, you can use less than 4 quarts of water, but you must constantly stir the spaghetti for one minute.
4• Add oregano, capers, and shrimp to the sauce in the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp turn pink (about 2 minutes). Once they are pink remove the skillet from the heat.
5• When pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and toss it with the sauce. Serve at once.

Shrimps and Vegetables Tuscany Style

 

Shrimps and Vegetables Tuscany Style

Shrimps and Vegetables Tuscany StyleIngredients:

• 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 1/2 cup Seafood Marinade
• 1 red onion peeled and sliced
• 1 red bell pepper sliced
• 1/2 cup water
• pinch of salt or two to taste

Directions:

1• Heat a 12 inch saute pan to medium hot, add two 2 tablespoons of Marinade and saute peppers and onions.
2• Stir 5 minutes over medium heat and then add the shrimp.
3• Cook 2 minutes, add water and remaining Marinade and bring to a simmer.
4• Serve immediately over rice or pasta.

Serves 4

Snails alla Gorgonzola

 

Snails alla Gorgonzola

Snails alla GorgonzolaIngredients:

• 4 dozen snails
• 70g of butter
• 150 gr Gorgonzola Cheese
• 2 egg yolks
• nutmeg
• finely chopped parsley

Directions:

1• Cream butter and Gorgonzola in a bowl. Add the egg yolk and a pinch of nutmeg, mixing well.
2• Put a little of the mixture in the empty snail shells, put a snail in each one and fill with more mixture pressing it well inside.
3• Put in the oven in an oven-proof dish for a few minutes.
4• Garnish with a pinch of parsley and serve

Serves 4

Stewed Squid - Calamari in Umido

 

Stewed Squid - Calamari in Umido

Stewed Squid - Calamari in UmidoIngredients:

• 1 kilogram small to medium squid (body 20 centimeters or 8 inches long)
• 1 kilogram of mature plum tomatoes
• 6-8 large anchovy fillets (in oil) finely chopped
• one-half cup chopped parsley
• one-half medium size white or yellow onion very finely chopped
• one-half cup white table wine
• extra virgin olive oil
• ground red pepper
• salt
• one large lemon

This is one of the many simple yet delicious seafood dishes for which Sicilian cuisine is famous. It can be served alone or as a sauce with long pasta such as spaghetti. (Remember that Sicilians do not sprinkle grated cheese over seafood pasta dishes.) This is actually similar to a Neapolitan recipe. The success of this recipe depends on the freshness of the ingredients (fresh squid rather than frozen ones, fresh tomatoes rather than canned ones). It's healthy and easy to prepare.

Directions:

1• Steam or boil the tomatoes for a minute to remove the skins ("blanching" them) and then chop the tomatoes into medium sized chunks. Set aside.
2• Clean the squid well, removing the backbone. Remove and save the heads with the hard "jaw" removed but the eyes and tentacles attached.
3• Cut the squid bodies into ring segments about two centimeters (or one-half inch) in width. Set aside.
4• In a small pan, sauté the onions in olive oil.
5• Then add the anchovies (chopped)
6• pepper and parsley
7• Allow these to simmer for a minute or less, forming a paste.
8• Add the wine and allow the mixture to simmer for a minute or two until most of the alcohol has evaporated.
9• Then add the squid rings and heads (drained well so that you add as little additional water as possible).
10• Allow these to cook over a low to medium flame, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes.
11• Then add the chopped tomatoes. Salt to taste.
12• Cook the complete mixture over medium to low heat for five to ten minutes. When it reaches a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Serve with lemon. As we mentioned, the stewed squid may be served over pasta.


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