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Greek island stuffed calamari

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Greek island stuffed calamari

Method

Have you ever heard of Calamari “Kallonis”? (“Kallonis” is the name of a small town on the beautiful Greek island “Mytelini” which means “Beauty”). These are the type of calamari used to make this recipe and slowly it was made more popular by word of mouth. Of course, there are many versions of this recipe on Mytelini… In Kalloni they make it with cinnamon… Others add golden raisins instead of cinnamon, while most like to fortify the taste by adding grated fresh, ripe tomatoes and garlic to the pot. Yes, the pot is where this traditional Greek island stuffed calamari are made. Now, if you can’t find this specific type of calamari from the clear blue waters of the Aegean… don’t worry… Follow the recipe and the end result will still be delicious!

  • Clean and wash the calamari thoroughly. Slice off the head and remove the skin and eyes.
  • Finely chop the onion and sauté it in a pot with some olive oil.
  • Add the head and tentacles of the calamari.
  • Season with salt, pepper and ground all-spice.
  • Deglaze the pan with the ouzo and then add the water and rice.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes, without a lid, until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • If the rice is still al dente, add a little more water and simmer for another 5 minutes. This is your filling.
  • Set it aside to cool and add the finely chopped parsley, fennel and lemon zest.
  • Remove the tentacles from the pot and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Pierce the hood of the calamari with a fork so it can absorb all of the juices and fill them with the rice mixture, using a small spoon. Seal the opening with a toothpick so that it doesn’t spill out while baking.
  • Place an ovenproof pot over high heat. Sauté the calamari for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Deglaze pan with lemon juice, add the calamari tentacles and transfer pot to oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • If the calamari are nice and tender, remove from oven.
  • Cut into 2 cm slices and serve with a green salad and lemon wedges lightly roasted in the pan.

Tip

It is important to pierce the hood of the calamari with a fork so they can absorb the wonderful aromas from the juices that will give them even more flavor and will also help them become softer while cooking.
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Nutritional
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Nutrition information per portion

273
Calories (kcal)
14 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

9.1
Total Fat (g)
13 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

1.5
Saturated Fat (g)
8 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

21.0
Total Carbs (g)
8 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

4.7
Sugars (g)
5 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

25.0
Protein (g)
50 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.9
Fibre (g)
8 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.54
Sodium (g)
9 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

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