Monday, November 24, 2008

Morcilla-Stuffed Squid

Morcilla is Spanish-style blood sausage. It's meatier than boudin and has a coarser grind. The one we got (at The Spanish Table) was combined with rice, which makes a really nice, substantial stuffing mix. If this kind of thing scares you, you can easily make this recipe with normal bulk sausage.

You'll need (serves 2-3):

6 squid bodies, cleaned (remove inner cartiledge)
4 links morcilla or other sausage
1 onion, chopped
1/2T cumin
1t cayenne
1T paprika
1c red wine

for the sauce:
7 cloves garlic, crushed and sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
4 shallots, sliced
1T tomato paste
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1T paprika

In a large heavy skillet, heat some olive oil and saute the chopped onion until brown, about 8 minutes. Remove the sausage from its casing and add it to the skillet, crumbling it up with your fingers as you add it. Stir to combine; add spices to taste. Deglaze with red wine and let simmer until almost dry. Taste and adjust spices. Remove from pan and let cool.

When the stuffing is cool enough to handle, stuff squid bodies (but don't stuff them too much-- they'll shrink quite a bit when they cook). Secure opening with toothpicks.

Add oil to skillet (same skillet-- don't clean it out) and brown stuffed squid lightly, about 5 min/side. Remove. Add sauce ingredients: onion, shallot, garlic. Let cook slowly over low heat until golden, about 10 minutes, stirring so garlic doesn't brown. Add tomato paste; let caramelize, then stir to combine. Add tomato sauce and paprika; return squid to pan. Add some chicken broth or water so that liquid comes halfway up squid. Let simmer about 45 minutes, until squid is tender (can be easily pierced with a fork).

leftovers, in the pan

cross-section of stuffed squid


rebecca said...

Dude, that is intense.

Anonymous said...

leftovers????I'm not far. this looks very good. Indeed.


the only anon.

Beef Eater said...

Ummm. Wow. I have eaten some crazy stuff, but I don't know if I could bring myself to eat a stuffed squid. Might be a mental thing, but still...

purplecook said...

Beef Eater,

Many people remarked on the perversity of eating one animal stuffed into another. I've always thought of pork and squid as ingredients like any other (of course being conscious of their origins as living beings)and therefore the "mental" aspect you mention never occurred to me. It's definitely a valid one, though; you could easily make this dish using rice & vegetables in tomato sauce as a stuffing instead of the sausage.

Thanks for commenting!


Travis said...

how did the textures mesh?

Anonymous said...

i keep coming back to this one. how do you think it would be with cafe tinto's chorizo.

What do you think, o purple one.

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