How To Make Shrimp And Mushroom Stuffed Calamari


4 calamari
16 shrimps
200 g mushrooms, cut in half
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 Tbsp parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
60 ml olive oil
a few sprigs of parsley to garnish
salt and pepper
for the sauce:
1 red pepper, chopped
1 clove of garlic
150 ml water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 chopping board
1 knife
1 pair of tongs
1 roasting tray
2 bowls
1 tray
1 saucepan
1 frying pan
1 blender
1 spoon
1 teaspoon

Step 1:
Preheat the oven
Set the temperature to 220ºC.

Step 2:
Fry the mushrooms
Place the frying pan over a moderate temperature to heat and add half of the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and fry for about 3 minutes. Add a little more oil and toss the mushrooms well. Season with salt and pepper and add the garlic. Toss well and fry for 2 minutes. Finally, remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step 3:
Make the stuffing
Roughly chop all the shrimps and place them into a large bowl.

Step 4:
Chop the mushrooms
Next, finely chop the cooked mushrooms and add them to the bowl.

Step 5:
Add remaining ingredients
Add the parsley and the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and then mix together thoroughly with a spoon.

Step 6:
Make the sauce
Into a saucepan add the chopped pepper, water, garlic and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Bring to a simmer and cook until the pepper is soft. This will take between 7 – 10 minutes.

Step 7:
When the pepper is soft, spoon it into the blender with about half the liquid from the pan and blend the ingredients until smooth.

Step 8:
Stuff the calamari
Place one of the calamari on the tray and using a teaspoon, fill it with the shrimp and mushroom stuffing. Hold the calamari closed and seal the end with a toothpick. Do the same with the remaining calamari.
Stuffing the calamari can be done a day in advance.

Step 9:
Season the calamari
Place the calamari on the roasting tray. Drizzle over a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 10:
Roast the calamari
Place the roasting tray with the calamari into the oven and roast for about 10-15 minutes. To make sure they are sufficiently cooked, gently press them with the tongs. If they feel firm it's time to remove them from the oven.

Step 11:
Assemble the dish
Take one of the calamari and remove the toothpick from the end, then slice into 2 or 3 pieces. Arrange the pieces on a serving plate and drizzle the red pepper sauce beside the fish. Finally, add a sprig or two of parsley to garnish.

Step 12:
Serve the calamari as an appetizer or a main dish. It can be enjoyed with a salad or the potatoes of your preference.