Until last night, I’d never cooked with Panko breadcrumbs. Crazy…I know, I know.This is one of those Arborio-rice-like tragedies as Panko is wonderful and extremely versatile!
Faux Fried Calamari adapted from Ask Georgie
1 cup plain panko (Japanese style breadcrumbs)
½ teaspoon garlic salt
Cooking oil spray
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 pound cleaned raw calamari, tubes and tentacles
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil; mist with cooking spray.
- Place panko and salt in large mixing bowl; stir to combine.
- Cut calamari tubes into 1/3″ rings, and cut tentacles into bite-sized clusters if large. Place in large mixing bowl; add egg; stir to coat.
- Use a fork to transfer 3-4 pieces of calamari at a time from egg mixture into panko. Shake bowl and turn pieces to coat all surfaces with panko. Place coated pieces on baking sheet, not touching. Repeat until all calamari is coated.
- Bake 10 minutes; turn pieces with tongs; return to oven for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings
Nutrition Information (per serving): 273 calories, 8 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 520 mg cholesterol, 21 g total carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber, 27 g protein, 748 mg sodium.
I’ve never cooked with calamari before, and it was…interesting. And laborious. After gutting and skinning ink-filled sea creatures, the result would have to be fabulous in order to make this dish again, I rationalized. And the result: fabulous!
Mr. Prevention’s take: This is really good calamari! I like it better than fried because you get all the taste and crunch without all the grease. And, a request for the leftover squid calamari-style tomorrow night. Ha!
And the next Panko creation…
Crispy Coconut Tofu Nuggets adapted from Cara’s Cravings
1/4 cup liquid egg substitute (or 2 egg whites)
1/2 cup (30gm) panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded coconut + 2 Tbsp coconut chips
zest from one lime
Wrap the tofu in paper towels and place it under a plate, weighted down with a couple cans or jars. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven 375F. Set a cooking rack on top of a baking sheet, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the egg substitute or egg whites in a shallow dish. Mix together the panko, coconut, and lime zest and pour onto a plate.
Slice the tofu crosswise into 6 slabs, and then cut each rectangle diagonally into two triangles. Season the tofu wedges with salt and pepper. Dip each one into the egg, then dredge in the panko mixture and set on the cooling rack.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes, turning halfway through, until lightly browned and crispy on both sides. I served with fig preserve, but any sweet sauce of your choice would work well. Yield: 3 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving): calories: 209.9 calories; 8.7 g. fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 16.7 mg sodium; 14 g. carbohydrate; 2.3 g. fiber; 14.3 g. protein
Truth and the lies revealed!!
2. My friends think I should write a dating book because I give really good dating advice — TRUTH! My friends always come to me with guy advice. I must admit, I give good, straight-forward advice about men!
3. Mr. Prevention and I met on the Chicago subway — LIE! We met at the University of Illinois outside Brothers, one of the campus bars. It was the FARTHEST thing from love at first sight!
4. I require 9 hours of sleep every night to function — LIE! Just 8 hours 🙂
5. I prefer to run outside than on the treadmill — LIE! I love the treadmill! I can control the TV and have a fan, towel, and water within reach at all times!
6. I play defense on my ice-hockey teams — LIE! I play wing usually. But I do play ice-hockey!
7. My husband brings me donuts and coffee to bed on Sundays mornings — LIE! While I wish this was true (kinda), he is not that romantic and requires more sleep then me. Plus he knows donuts are my weakness and a weekly habit like that could be bad news!!
Today’s NNM Topic: Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance is fairly common and involves the body’s inability to break down by the intestinal enzyme lactase. Lactose is primarily found in dairy products. Removing dairy from the diet is the treatment for lactose intolerance, as well as supplemental Lactaid to ease digestion.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance include flatulence, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Lactose-containing products can be replaced with products containing rice, soy, or almond.
Question: Do you like fried calamari? Would you ever consider making it at home knowing what I shared as far as prep work?