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    Love It or Hate It?

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    Dib's
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:56 am
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    Calamari.

    I think it's like chewing on rubber o-rings. I hate it!

    If you "Love It" what recipe or method do you use?
    Chocolatl
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:17 pm
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    I don't hate it, but it bores me. I think it tastes more like rubber bands, though.
    duonyte
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:42 pm
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    I rarely make it myself, but I've had good fried calamari at some restaurants - the best ones were at restaurants where the rings were soaked in milk before cooking (I asked the servers).

    The only recipe I regularly make is this one, Potato and Baby Squid Stew
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    Iron Bloomers
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:43 pm
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    This is truly a hate it or love it & a lot depends on how it's cooked. If done poorly with thick coating or if it's overcooked it's a terrible experience.
    I don't make it for just me..it's too large a package to purchase for one & just not something I'd do at home.

    To be done right the coating should "almost" be there, thin & once cooked should be crisp & seasoned but again lightly, the whole cooking process should be done in a flash...overcooking results in those 'rubber bands' everyone complains about. The best I have ever had was a place in Virginia Beach they were light, crisp, tender & sweet; the coating could barely be seen & was flecked with black pepper, lemon wedges served at the side.
    Chocolatl
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:56 pm
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    They say that squid should be cooked "a minute or an hour." Seems like I always get something in between!
    Iron Bloomers
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:06 pm
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    Chocolatl wrote:
    They say that squid should be cooked "a minute or an hour." Seems like I always get something in between!


    Yup, it's either flash cooked or low & slow....otherwise...rubber bands! icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif
    Dee514
    Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:39 pm
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    Iron Bloomers wrote:
    Chocolatl wrote:
    They say that squid should be cooked "a minute or an hour." Seems like I always get something in between!


    Yup, it's either flash cooked or low & slow....otherwise...rubber bands! icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif

    Agreed!
    Chocolatl
    Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:04 pm
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    I also don't think it has a lot of flavor, but that could also be because it was incorrectly cooked.
    *Parsley*
    Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:28 pm
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    Love it!!!
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:14 pm
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    Love it when it's done "just right". Not an easy task icon_eek.gif
    K9 Owned
    Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:52 pm
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    It isn't something I'd make at home but I love to order it when we go out. I have had the rubber bands but also some wonderful Calamari. I like it the way IB mentioned - barely coated and fried or my new favorite way - grilled. We have had it grilled twice now at our local Italian place and really enjoyed it.
    Terese
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:33 am
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    It's quite simple really, if your calamari tastes like rubber then its overcooked, when cooked right it should be tender and succulent.
    Shimm
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:31 am
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    Yees! I love it! But the most people don't cook it perfectly.
    Here in Cagliari(Sardinia), we like to eat fried, with only eggs and flour (or sparkling water and flour).
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:30 am
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    I can't say I hate it, but after trying it a few times, I'd pass it up for something more flavorful! Maybe scallops ~ or shrimp!
    Chocolatl
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:15 pm
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    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle wrote:
    I can't say I hate it, but after trying it a few times, I'd pass it up for something more flavorful! Maybe scallops ~ or shrimp!


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