There are few forays into food that I remember so vividly as the time I tried Calamari for the first time. While dining out with my parents, my dad ordered this interesting sounding dish and insisted I try. Being a 5 year old, “I will only eat PB & J”, I was extremely skeptical but my dad replied with, “They’re Italian French Fries.”
Every kid on the planet loves French Fries and being that my mom was Italian, I was sold pretty quick. Served with a side of Marinara Sauce, I basically completely housed the entire plate of said “french fries”. It was only a few years later, when out at an Italian Restaurant, after now learning how to read (I was a slow learner….), that I read the fine Italic print under the Calamari Appetizer on the menu…..”Fried Squid”. Ummm say wah? Dad, did you deceive me?! Was my childhood based on a lie?!?!
Ok calm thyself, young Sara. Alas, it was true….squid was what I loved all these years. Scarfing down entire plates of fried goodness only to find out it was some slimy creature from the deep.
I quickly got over myself and realized, who cares what this is, it’s delicious! So with that, tonight, despite it being MY birthday, I insisted on cooking this as an appetizer! They came out great and I have also attached my awesome Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe which, I can’t tell a lie, I came up with on the fly tonight and it was AWESOME!
Crispy Calamari that melt in your mouth