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Baby squid with pumpkin seed pesto

Recipe from: 19 December 2012
baby squid starter

Ingredients 16
Servings 4
Time 00:20


  • For the pesto:
  • 50
    toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 25
    grated Pecorino cheese
  • 25
    pumpkin seed oil
  • 50
    olive oil blend
  • 1
    small clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • For the baby squid:
  • olive oil
  • 200
    baby Rosa tomatoes
  • salt
  • 1
  • 500
    clean baby calamari tubes
  • and tentacles, the tubes halved
  • 1
    fresh rocket
  • tomatoes between the four plates, drizzle with olive oil and serve


To make the pesto: Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and whizz until you achieve the right texture: not too fine. Decant into a small bowl or ramekin.

To make the squid: Everything happens in the same large, nonstick frying pan. Heat the oil and flash-fry the tomatoes – they go crazy. Toss them around, add a little salt and the sugar. When they pop and the skins crack, turn out onto a plate.

Return the pan to the heat, add a good swig of olive oil and when hot, add half the calamari, salt and pepper. Toss and cook for a total of 30 seconds.

Pour everything out into a big bowl and repeat with the remaining calamari. Immediately scoop the pesto into the bowl, mixing the calamari, pesto and all juices well.

To serve: Place some rocket on each plate, divide the calamari and tomatoes between the four plates, drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Reprinted with permission of Quivertree Publications and Franck Dangereux.


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