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½ lb squid bodies and tentacles separated
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups flour
Salt and pepper
½ large onion sliced thin
2 6-inch long hoagie rolls
½ cup mayo + water for thinning
¼ cup roasted garlic paste
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Oil for frying
Mix the squid and sliced onions in heavy cream and beaten egg, season well with salt and pepper.
Dredge the squid and onion in flour.
Heat oil to 375* and begin to fry in batches until golden brown.
Once cooked through and golden crispy, season the fish and onion again with salt and pepper while it drains.
In a small bowl, mix the mayo, lemon zest and roasted garlic paste, spread this on both sides of the rolls and pile the calamari on high.
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- So today I'm making my fried calamari sandwich. There's a nice, bright, tangy lemon garlic aioli, crispy fried calamari, soft hoagie roll, and hidden inside, one of my favorite bar snacks, let's make it. Alright so we're going to hop right into it. I have my calamari rings and tentacles right here. And I'm going to take my onion and slice it, half it, super thin slices. Throw this right in here. Season with a little salt and pepper. Gonna give this a nice toss. Mix everything together and make sure it's nice and seasoned evenly. Going to add my egg. One beaten egg and my heavy cream. Just enough to coat it. Gonna mix this around. Now it's time to coat it with flour and fry. Take a little bit at a time, put in here. Oil's nice and hot I'm just going to drop this in small batches at a time. Fry it up. I'm going to take this calamari until it's nice and golden brown. And essentially this sandwich is the best of both worlds. You get onion rings and fried calamari. I mean come on. Alright so while this is finishing frying, I'm going to prepare my lemon garlic mayo. I'm going to take my microplane, the zest of one lemon. And some garlic paste. So the reason I'm using garlic paste instead of fresh garlic, it's just easier to blend in this aioli. A little bit of water to thin it out. Some pepper, and a pinch of salt. Take my calamari out. Season this with salt and pepper while it's hot. So now all we have to do is plate. Take my roll, nice handful, a blend of the fried onions, the calamari. Let's really load these guys up. So next, I'm going to just dress it. Alright so there you go. It's like a blooming onion and a squid had a baby. Enjoy.