Seared calamari with potato, radicchio & fried breadcrumbs

serves 6 starters
difficulty moderate
prep time 25mins (approx.)
total time 50mins (approx.)
main ingredient(s) calamari, potatoes, radicchio, bread, Fennel

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4 eggs
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
2 large Dutch cream potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
3 slices sourdough bread
4 cloves garlic, finely sliced, plus 1 clove garlic, whole
2 handfuls parsley, leaves only
100 ml olive oil
4 medium calamari (approx. 500 grams each), cleaned with wings attached and legs trimmed
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
1 tightly packed radicchio, finely sliced
2 small fennel bulbs, sliced into fine wedges
2 lemons, juiced


To make the dressing, bring a small pot of water to the boil and place eggs into boiling water. Allow to boil for 8 minutes to make hard-boiled (but not rock-hard) eggs. Plunge into cold water, sit for 5 minutes, then peel and roughly chop.

Gently mix eggs with mayonnaise and vinegar. Taste for seasoning and set aside.

Boil potatoes in plenty of salted water for 15 minutes. Drain then press to a rough crumb with a fork.

Toast the bread, rub with the whole garlic clove, then blitz to a chunky crumb with half the parsley. Heat a frypan and toss the crumb with a tablespoon of oil and some salt to toast a little further. Tip out and reserve, wipe the pan and return to high heat.

Dry calamari really well then toss with a tablespoon of oil and add to the hot pan. Cook for 1 minute before adding the sliced garlic and dried chilli. Fry for 2 minutes then add the warm potato, the radicchio, the rest of the parsley and the fennel. Pour over the remaining olive oil and the lemon juice, add the breadcrumb mixture and gently mix together.

Comments & Reviews1

JaneyJane's picture
Jun 20, 2012

I think this salad looks so healthy & fresh. I'm not much of a cook but the video makes it seem so achievable! Can't wait to give it a go...

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