Recipe for Greek Style Spicy Calamari

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This recipe takes fresh calamari and transforms it into a mildly spicy dish. Although Greeks don’t always include red pepper in their food, this dish is the exception!

Greek Style Spicy Calamari (Kalamaria Kaftera) Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Greek olive oil
  • 2 pounds fresh calamari, cleaned and cut into small rings
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled (optional) and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste, mixed with two tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions on How to Prepare Greek Spicy Calamari:

Add the oil to a large Dutch oven or soup pot and heat over medium. Add the calamari and onion and saute together for two minutes. Add the onions, garlic, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, and red pepper and saute for another minute. Add the white wine, tomato paste, sea salt, and pepper and stir together with a wooden spoon. Cover the pot and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer the calamari for about 60 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately. This tastes great when served with slices of Greek bread!

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