Calamares a la Provencale

  • 1kg/2.2lb Squid
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 275g/10oz Tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Bouquet Garni
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Pure
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 300ml/10fl.oz. Dry White Wine
  • 300ml/10fl.oz. Water
  • 1 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Freshly chopped Basil

1. Prepare the squid by gripping the body with one hand and the head and tentacles with the other. Pull apart firmly. Cut the tentacles away from the head. Discard the head, entrails and ink sac and wash the bodies and tentacles thoroughly, both inside and out, in cold running water, dry on kitchen paper and cut into long thin strips.

2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and squid and saut until lightly browned.

3. Add the tomatoes, bouquet garni, whole cloves, tomato pure, salt and pepper, cover and simmer over a low heat for 40 minutes.

4. Remove the bouquet garni and garlic cloves and discard and transfer the squid pieces to a heated serving dish. Keep warm.

5.Reduce the cooking liquor by boiling rapidly if it seems too liquid. It should be a medium thickness.

6. To serve - pour the sauce over the squid and sprinkle with the chopped basil and parsley. Serve very hot.

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