Saturday, April 03, 2010

Andrew Carmellini's Squid Salad


It's such an enormous pleasure when a recipe works the first time through. Having written and tested my fair share of recipes, I can't tell you how many times I'll cook something, only to realize midway through that there is no way that's it's going to turn out OK. There is twice as much batter as there is space in the pan. Cooking it for 20 more minutes is going to result in incineration. Holy hell, there are a lot of bad recipes out there. And it's just not fair--if you're going to spend time and money making something, it should turn out right. The first time. No fussing.

Which is why I'm so thrilled about Andrew Carmellini's Urban Italian book. Not only is it filled with recipes that I can't wait to make, the two that I've tried so far have been total slam dunks. A few weeks ago I saw fresh, wild squid at the market (a total bargain for $3 a pound if you're willing to do the inky work yourself, something I find kind of fun). I cleaned the squid, cooked them in simmering (not boiling, as that would turn it to rubber) water, chilled it fully and then combined it with thinly sliced celery and red onion and chickpeas. I dressed the whole thing with harissa, a mess of lemon juice, good olio nuovo and lots of salt and pepper. And then? I couldn't stop eating it. I had it for dinner, then again for lunch, and lunch the day after that. It's the perfect salad for this shoulder season, while we wait for the rest of the spring vegetables to appear but we still need something more substantial for supper.

23 comments:

Leilani said...

Any chance of posting a recipe? xo

This is it!! said...
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水憲妤慧 said...

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淑君淑君 said...
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BurtonClar2214 said...
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怡如 said...

Thx ur share........................................

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馥虹 said...

A good medicine tastes bitter. .........................................

JayH_Yelton0曹曹 said...

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慧玲PierreJ_Good9999 said...

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MinB2139 said...

Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion...................................................

Damaris said...

Hi, I found your blog via the MHC alumnae recipes. I'm also a MHC alum class of 2006.

Glad I found you. This recipe looks delish.

峻龍 said...

It is no use crying over spilt milk...................................................................

Ummie said...

must try. thanks.

政翰 said...

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哲維維 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。.................................................................

江婷 said...

Poverty is stranger to industry.................................................................

俊成俊成 said...

幸福不是一切,人還有責任。............................................................

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