Aruba:Carnival Calamari is based on the Celebration Day in Aruba
At 11:11 am they welcome Carnival festivities, with music and dances to start off a brand new season with great enthusiasm.
During the period of November 11 till December 31, the participants have time to prepare and train for the Carnival parades and contests. After New Years celebration, starts the most exciting celebrations of the year. The entire island participates in spectacular festivities which include parades in streets with colorful costumes, steel and brass band music, dances and floats. Contests are held for best costumes, musicians, singers and election of the Carnival Queen. Aruba’s oldest Social Club, Aruba Tivoli Club, organizes a spectacular Lighting Parade each year on the weekend preceding the Grand Parade.
So… because this was Next on my list of recipes around the world.
I present to you CARNIVAL CALAMARI:
•Sauce ingredients: (should be made prior to preparing calamari)
•1 pound fresh whole, peeled tomatoes or 1-28 ounce can Del Monte whole tomatoes
•1 tbs. olive oil
•1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
•1 stalk celery, chopped
•1/2 cup chopped onion
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
•Ingredients: (should be made prior to preparing calamari)
•3 pounds calamari (squid), cleaned and cut into bits and pieces
•1/3 cup olive oil
•1 tbs. minced garlic
•1/4 cup B&G Graves (dry white wine)
•1 cup dry Sherry
•juice of half lemon
•1/4 tsp. chopped fresh lemon peel
•1 tbs. fresh oregano
•1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, or taste
Smash tomatoes with their juice and set aside.
Heat oil in medium-sized in medium sized pan. Add pepper, celery, onion and garlic and sautee, stirring occasionally until onion is transparent. Add tomatoes and their juice, salt and freshly ground pepper and simmer over low flame for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add more liquid if necessary, to keep from sticking and burning.
In large skillet heat oil over high heat. Do not allow to smoke. Add garlic and sautee, stirring. Add wine, Sherry, lemon juice, lemon peel and stir.
Sprinkle basil and oregano over and stir again. Add calamari. Sautee, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes over high heat. Do not overcook.
Pour sauce over calamari and heat for 1 minute, stirring.