Fried sweet and sour calamari Fried sweet and sour calamari

Fried sweet and sour calamari

Okay, okay, so I’m not a great photogrpaher, and the tablecloth was a bit flowery and fruity. These pictures are a dish of fried calamari with a wonderful hot sweet and sour sauce. Great for a a quick luncheon. The guys drank Corona (a wedge of lime in the bottle), the gals had a glass of crisp Pinot Grigio.

The dish was accompanied by a cool, refreshing mixed green salad and a fresh loaf of Italian bread.
Basically I dipped the cut calamari pieces in seasoned flour and fried them…placed them on paper towels to remove any excess oil and then I added a sweet and sour scauce–you can use one stright for the bottle or else this one.
Into some of the remaining oil add:
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 dried hot peppers
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of concentrated tomato (straight from the tube!)
some fresh ginger–1/2 teaspoon, or else cheat–use ground ginger–1/4 teaspoon
a splash of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of sugar (May use Splenda instead! It works fine.)
stir rapidly and bring to a quick boil
plop back in the friend calamari–serve immediately