Friday, October 19, 2018

Heart of Palm Calamari

Oh my gosh -- these little beauties are absolutely addicting!  I made a few additions to the original recipe by adding Panko Bread crumbs to the flour, a bit of Turmeric for color and a 1/4 sheet of Nori, ground in a spice grinder.  I have an extra jar of heart of palm on hand so I'll be making these again soon -- like today.

Heart of Palm Calamari

1/2            cup all-purpose flour **I also mixed in Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4            cup cornstarch
1/2            teaspoon salt (plus more for garnish)
1/2            teaspoon garlic powder
***           I added a few sprinkles of turmeric for color
***           I ground up 1/4 sheet nori in spice grinder and added to flour
***            pepper
                 oil for frying
1               jar or can of heart of palm, drained, cut into 1” pieces, rings separated

            garnish with lemon, parsley
            used garlic aioli for dipping

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, seasoning and ground nori sheet – if using.

Cover the bottom of a skillet with about 1/4” of oil and put over medium heat.  When oil is hot, take a handful of heart of palm rings (which should still be wet from the draining – if not, just dip in a bit of vegan milk).  Dredge the rings in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess, and carefully drop them into the hot oil.  Repeat with the remaining heart of palm.  You may need to do this in batches so your pan isn’t too crowded.  Fry turning the pieces until they are lightly golden all over.  Drain on paper towel.  Sprinkle with salt and add a bit of lemon before serving.

Vegan Garlic Aioli

2 garlic cloves pressed (could get away with just one)
1/4            teaspoon or more kosher salt
1/2            cup vegan mayo
2            tablespoons olive oil
1            tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mash garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until paste forms.  Whisk in vegan mayo, olive oil, and lemon juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.   Can be made day ahead. Cover and chill.

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