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Stuffed Calamari


This is a simple and delicious supper for your family any night of the week!

  • Servings: 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2007


  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 poblano chiles, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 15 to 18 small whole calamari bodies, tentacles removed (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (14-to-16-ounce) can whole tomatoes, lightly crushed by hand
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Creamy Polenta for Stuffed Calamari


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Add onion and poblano and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and butter and cook until butter has melted. Remove from heat. Add breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons parsley, and 1/4 cup water; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper; transfer to a bowl to cool.

  2. Using a spoon, stuff each calamari body with about 2 tablespoons breadcrumb mixture; thread a toothpick through the open end to enclose. Sprinkle stuffed calamari with any remaining breadcrumb mixture.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add calamari and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and continue to cook 2 more minutes. Add wine; let reduce for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook, until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon parsley. Remove toothpicks and serve immediately with creamy polenta.

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  • marco2005
    24 DEC, 2007
    I made this recipe last night and it was extremely delicious. The stuffing is wonderful and the polenta is a perfect accompaniment to this dish. Another great recipe from Martha's kitchens.