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Grilled Stuffed Calamari With Roasted Poblano Sauce

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 each (1/2 pound to 3/4 pound) whole calamari, large
  • 2 tablespoons. minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks, white part only
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced small
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 green Poblanos, roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (homemade or prepared)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup snipped chives
  • 1/2 red and yellow brunoise peppers


  • Preheat the grill. For sauce; combine the roasted Poblano peppers and garlic in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Strain through a chinois and set aside. For stuffed calamari, preheat your grill. Chef will demo the calamari. In a saute pan sweat off the shallots, garlic, and leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and cool.
  • Meanwhile combine the goats cheese, roasted red pepper, and bread crumbs together. Mix in the sauted mixture and reseason. Stuff each calamari tube with the filling until nice and plump. Rub each stuffed tube with a little oil to prevent from sticking on the grill.
  • Grill each tube for 1-2 minutes on each side, thus leaving grill marks on each side. To assemble, cut each tube into five nice pieces on the bias. Spoon a nice amount of the sauce on the bottom of the plate and arrange the calamari on top. Garnish with snipped chives and brunoise of red and yellow peppers with creole spice on the rim.