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Calamari Fritos

Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay makes an excellent wine and food pairing for this recipe.

Serves 6

1 1/2 lb cleaned squid tubes, cut into 1/2" rings
1 3/4 cup fine flour like rice or cake flour
3 1/4 tsp paprika, divided
1/2 tsp pepper
Fresh lemon wedges
1 egg yolk
2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
Oil for deep frying

Whisk egg yolk, garlic and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the 1/2 cup of olive oil until light and creamy. Stir 1/4 teaspoon of paprika into sauce; keep covered until ready to serve.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag combine flour(s), paprika, and pepper. Add calamari rings, close bag and shake to coat.

In very hot frying oil (400F), quickly cook rings in small batches. Turn rings halfway through cooking. Cook rings in 2 minutes or less. Drain rings on paper towels.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt. Serve hot with sauce.


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