Baked Crispy Calamari

Baked Crispy Calamari 1
My Hubby and I love Calamari. We especially love to have it sautéed. Mostly because it’s a healthier version vs the fried kind. Also it’s hit or miss when you do order it fried. Now it’s something we just make at home. It’s a way to ensure you’re getting just what you want. It doesn’t matter what you eat it with, but I served ours with an Orzo Florentine. Enjoy a super satisfying and super healthy way to have your Calamari and eat it too!

Baked Crispy Calamari
1 frozen package of calamari, thawed
1 cup homemade breadcrumbs (store bought is fine too)
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 400°F. Toss the calamari in the olive oil. Mix the bread crumbs, seasonings and half of the Parmesan together. Toss the calamari in the mixture making sure to coat the inside of the rings. Place on a lightly sprayed baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes then turn the broiler on for 2 minutes. Perfectly cooked, not chewy and healthy!

Simple Florentine
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
8 oz package cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
salt & fresh ground pepper
cooked orzo or pasta of choice

In a sauté pan, melt butter and cook diced onion with the minced garlic. When tender, add whole package drained spinach and chicken broth. Cook until broth has reduced to nothing. Add cream cheese, milk and salt and pepper to taste. On low heat stir until cheese and cream become a sauce for the spinach. Serve with the calamari & cooked orzo.




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