Calamari with Asian Spinach

Ingredients :

30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
1 medium    red onion finely diced
3 garlic cloves minced
3 medium    tomatoes diced
30 ml (2 tbsp) dark soy sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
6 dashes hot sauce
500 gm (1 lb) fresh or frozen spinach thawed
 
750 gm (1 1/2 lb) cleaned calamari - (abt 24 pieces)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
30 ml (2 tbsp) sesame oil


Method :

To prepare the Spinach: 
In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic; saute 4 minutes. 
Add tomatoes, soysauce, ginger, and hot sauce; simmer 5 minutes. 
Add spinach; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and keep warm.

Calamari preparation
In a dish or resealable plastic bag, place calamari, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat calamari. 
Marinate10 minutes.
Thread six 12-inch skewers with calamari. Brush with sesame oil. Place skewers in center of cooking grate. 
Grill 4 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. 
Serve skewers on warm Asian spinach.
This recipe yields 6 servings.


Comments: Fresh frozen calamari is the best type for peak flavor. Thaw it in your refrigerator, never at room temperature, and grill it quickly to keep it tender.
Note: If using wooden skewers, soak in water thirty minutes before using so ends won't burn during grilling time.

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