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Apr '08

Squid’s In: British Diners (and Others) Develop Taste for Tentacles

From the British newspaper, The Independent:

“For decades it was merely a slightly exotic option for holidaymakers in Spain, Italy and Greece, but a growing number of cooks experimenting with recipes involving tentacles and black ink have turned squid into a fashionable dish in British kitchens.

Although still less popular than other seafood such as prawns, the amount of squid sold in the UK has risen by 49 per cent in the past 12 months, according to the industry body Seafish.

The cephalopod’s new-found popularity owes much to the growing appeal of fruits de mer and to the promotion of a Mediterranean diet popular in Italy, France and Spain, where it is cut into rings and fried.

Among the chefs who have encouraged the eating of squid is Rick Stein, whose gastronomic tour of the Mediterranean was televised by the BBC last year. He suggested serving sautéed squid and chorizo with garlic, rocket (arugula), tomatoes and chick peas.”

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One of the most popular ways to eat squid in America is as fried calamari, long a favorite of Italian cuisine. Squid is also commonly used in the cuisines of Spain, Japan, and China.

Here’s a recipe for fried calamari from Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network.

In Japan, shredded, dehydrated squid is a popular salty snack and sold in small bags (it’s far tastier than it sounds). You can also get squid flavored ice cream (as well as a variety of other unusual ice cream flavors) in Japan.

Here’s one more squid recipe: Andalucian Fried Squid With Alioli from Tapas Recipes Andalucia…enjoy!

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