Recipe by UNREFINEDNERD
"Calamari tubes are stuffed with seafood and baked in a rich cream sauce before serving over a bed of linguine. This is probably the best calamari, if not the best entree, you'll ever have!"
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green onions, finely chopped
chopped cooked shrimp meat
cooked crabmeat, diced
cream cheese, cut into cubes
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
ground black pepper
freshly grated Romano cheese
1 (8 ounce) package
I found this recipe to be "absolutely delicious"! I did a few things differently but nothing that would dramatically alter the results. Instead of mixing, I sauteed the shrimp, crab, green onions, garlic and lemon juice together with a little olive oil. I also added a few extra green onions to the mix and a little salt and pepper.
I thought the sauce was excellent as well. I might put in a little less milk next time but the taste was wonderful and everyone I served had seconds.
The only negative is that it is a time consuming process but well worth it if you're aiming to make an impressive, flavorful meal.
I am making this again tonight!
Even though this recipe sounds like it would be delicious, it left my family very dissapointed. The cream sauce was weak and the overall texture was unapealing. It took an awful lot of time to prepare and the overall cost to prepare this meal is a bit too expensive for it to be so dissapointing. Skip this one, a traditional alfredo sauce made with heavy whipping cream is far superior than using cream cheese. That was a mistake.
I sort of tweaked this recipe somewhat, as I always do. Used chicken instead of crab meat, slightly panfried in butter with a little chopped chilli and some bell pepers. Threw a few spoons of sour cream into the stuffing. Turned out quite nice in the end. However, I'm always a bit critical about my own cooking, thus I'll give this one 4 stars... Just remember that you never want to over-cook calamari. Fifteen minutes at most in a rather high oven, completely covered with this sort of Alfredo sauce.
As you can see in my picture, they aren't very pretty. So I gotta meet half way with my review. The idea is there. The flavors can be manipulated. But when it comes down to it, they were a pain to stuff and didn't look that visually appealing in the end. I tried to work around the texture by just frying the assembled "tubes" and doing the sauce on the side. It still looked like a plate full of blown up balloons I was serving. My best advice is to do what I did in frying em up, only bread em or toss through some flour/crumbs first to take away that texture and unnappealing appearance. . .
With a few tweaks I was able to get it right and the family wants more! I substituted milk with cream and added chives to the stuffing. Also, when I realized I had some leftover stuffing left, I simply combined it into the sauce fefor covering the calamari. Worked out prefect!
That was the best! I didn't think that it needed anything done to it. i followed the recipe just like it was and turned out perfect.
My family loved this one! The squid tubes that were available to me were so HUGE that I had to double the filling mixture to fill them. This was not a bad thing :-) Other than that I pretty much followed the recipe. At first I had my doubts about the sauce but we loved the finished product.
Beware. Why do people change every ingredient, make an entirely different dish and give it five stars (basketball mom)? Not helpful! My problem with this dish: first, as mentioned, calamari needs very little time to cook before it becomes rubbery. So, as written, all that garlic in the stuffing is raw tasting and the very runny sauce doesn't brown, before the calamari is over cooked. Someone's recommendation, to sauté the garlic with the shrimp is right on. And another, to just make a simple Alfredo sauce, makes sense. Also, what is 10 oz. of Parmesan? I grate a chunk of cheese, and can't tell; a cup? I think this recipe is worth the time and work if these problems are solved. Then I'd make it again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Absolutely Delicious Stuffed Calamari
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 590
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