Even more surprising is to know that some of those same folks can suck down raw oysters and chase ‘em with beer - but - carry this heavy fear of - Calamari.
Confession here. I have never been walked through that dark fear of raw oysters. I will kill you over fried oysters! But - I can't even handle the sight of watching someone doing raw oysters. How do you consider what you don't chew as eating - anyway?
In case you don’t know - Calamari is the dress-up name for a wonderful appetizer prepared using - Squid!
And I love it - absolutely!
Nine times out of ten - I have learned that the first experience is downright crucial to success with walking any loved one into a whole new food world for their pleasure.
For me - it was a Christmas dinner in a little bitty small room - some very quaint Mom ‘n Pop place in Turlock, Calfifornia. For some reason - I can’t even remember the name of the place. It's been so long ago. I can only remember the room - and the company at the table. I dunno. But I think that gives more value to the memory and the reason why we were there - rather than only remembering the name of the place - so there!
I have tried - for quite a while - years - to get Dwayne to taste Calamari. Attempts to walk this husband of mine to the other side of that dark fear - Ha! - much like walking some Great Pyraneese - that decides to take a nap - in a mud puddle.
It hasn’t been pretty.
But - let me go on record. There was success - finally - on Monday, February 2, 2010 - at my most favorite restaurant - Johnny Carino's in Knoxville, Tennessee!
I don’t know why - but - almost everywhere I have been since my first taste of Calamari - I have found it being served with Marinara sauce. Maybe some people can handle this - but for me - that spicy tomato Marinara just doesn’t fit with - seafood.
“ When all else fails - try it with Ranch Dressing! “
Well - not this time. But close!
Try this Side Dip!
Teresa's Favorite Calamari Dip
1 8-oz. pkg. Cream Cheese
1 16-oz. carton Sour Cream
2 Tbl. Prepared Horseradish
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
Let your cream cheese sit until room temperature. Strain prepared horseradish - unless you use fresh grated. Combine all ingredients. Best if you let it set in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or so.
Side Notes -
The very best recipe I have ever found for preparing Calamari at home is one offered by my one of my two favorite Manly Chefs - Mario Batali !!