Emily asked me to have more diversity in the dinner making for 2009. In the end, I will never satisfy the entire crew every night. Its tough to please 3 teenage palettes. I began last night with a Calamari stew. Josh and Jess gave it a thumbs up. Em doesn't like calamari cooked this way. C'est la vie but Josh's comment was perfect. "Nice one Mom, diverse."
Beyond easy…and good. You can serve it with or without pasta. The pasta was the key to Josh and Fred's heart. I got this out of Molto Mario's cookbook and played around a bit.
1 Spanish onion – sliced into 1/4" sliced
3 ribs of celery cut in 1/4" slices
1 tbsp. of anchovy paste
2 dried hot chili peppers
1 1/2 cup basic tomato sauce ( you can use shelf bought or make some fresh like I did )
3 lbs of calamari sliced into 1/2" rings, with a few tenacles
1/2 cup white wine
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
1 box of frozen peas
Use a 12" deep saute pan for this dish. Layer the bottom of the dish with olive oil until it starts to smoke. Add onions, celery, anchovy paste and chili peppers. Cook on medium heat until golden brown. Takes 10-15 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, calamari, white wine and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Salt and pepper. Cover and bring to low for about an hour. After an hour, add peas and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove the dried chili peppers before serving because you don't want someone to bite into one by mistake.