grilled calamari stuffed with sausage

★★★★★ 1
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By Susan McGreevy
from Port Jeff Station, NY

My brother Michael is an inspiration to me because he is not afraid to try new things. He made this appetizer once and it has become a go-to. Give it a try.

★★★★★ 1
prep time 30 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For grilled calamari stuffed with sausage

  • 3/4 c
    fine fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/3 c
    whole milk
  • 3/4 tsp
    fennel seeds, optional
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 2 lg
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp
    paprika
  • 12 sm
    squid bodies plus tentacles, cleaned (about 1 lb)
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
    flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • lemon wedges

How To Make grilled calamari stuffed with sausage

  • 1
    Soak bread crumbs in milk in a large bowl. Meanwhile, toast fennel seeds in a dry small skillet over medium low heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Chop fennel seeds and add to bread crumb mixture along with pork, garlic, paprika, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Gently mix with your hands until well blended.
  • 2
    Using a small spoon, loosely stuff squid with fennel sausage, leaving a 1/2 inch space at top. Seal tops using wooden picks. Prepare grill for direct heat cooking over medium hot charcoal or medium heat for gas.
  • 3
    Coat stuffed squid and tentacles with oil and season with 1/2 tsp salt. Oil grill rack, then grill stuffed squid, turning frequently until golden in spots and an instant read thermometer inserted into center of filling register 150 to 155 degrees, about 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Grill tentacles until opaque and curled, about 1 minute and add to platter. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with parsely and serve with lemon wedges.

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