Smoked Calamari In Pesto Zoodles!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by leah elisheva, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. Hi Cutie Pie Smoked Cookies!!!

    Happy Sunday To YOU!!!

    So my MOM, (the world's most upbeat, crazily enthusiastic, and warm woman on earth), and to the degree that by comparison, I do appear as if a damn near quite miserable depressive; has been RAVING and RANTING about the "Vegetti" that has intensely rocked her world, and she thus shared that I needed to get one!

    Unsure of whether that was a high end Italian car, or some Kardashian affectionate expression for an anatomical part, I did inquire from my charismatic and joyful mother, as to what the VEGETTI was indeed all about...

    Apparently thus, it is an apparatus where you put zucchini, squash, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, daikon radish or whatever it be, into the cranking little gadget and then get "noodles" or "ZOODLES" (Zucchini Noodles) or whatever source that you just spun!

    Granted you all have well heard of this or own one even, but to neophyte, humble, and simpleton ME; I knew not what she was speaking of, and yet with HER grand gusto and energy, I do think that ice could be sold and to Eskimos.

    I found one on Amazon therefore, (this "Vegetti") and did use it for the first time (with zucchini above) on this fine day!

    I also made a healthful pesto, with just parsley, basil, raw elephant garlic, and Tunisian olive oil and black pepper...(LOTS of black pepper).

    (And I like a chopped, not ground, quite "chunky" texture to all things - whether salsa, steak tartare, guacamole, or even pesto - and so nothing "blended or pureed" etc.; and no mounds of mere mush, as I like big leaves, chunks, and flavors and such..).

    I tossed the "zucchini spaghetti" with the pesto...

    Mopped calamari through grapeseed oil...

    fired up the little humble gas smoker, with pistachio shells used as smoking chips... and the squid atop some oiled (grapeseed) grill grates that I laid across my smoker, and for 15 minutes on high heat...

    I plated this all up together, added more olive oil, Blue Persian salt, some more black pepper, and then just four capers wrapped in anchovies (anything "anchovy" makes me downright in love) and all was so great!

    The calamari was soft and and amazing and yet the crispy tentacles were SOOOOOOOOOO FFFFFFFFFFFFABULOSLY GOOD!

    The zucchini noodles were so fabulous too, and LONG! I now get or understand my mother's grand zeal!

    Or at minimum can respect her interest in this toy! She's PRETTY UPBEAT after all!!! Although, pretty damn fabulous thus too! (I must confess).

    This was really delicious, and then when biting into the anchovy part, and mashing that around with all the rest, it was so good!

    Twirling and swirling, just as if with spaghetti, this was a treat! And my pesto had so much black pepper ground freshly in (which I adore) that it had some bite, and in a reinvigorating great way!

    Thank you for sharing in my little calamari smoked safari!

    Happy new week to you!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers!!!!!! - Leah
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2014
  2. OH!

    (Wow do I seem to type too fast).. I did mean to also share, that I left the zucchini noodles RAW, and really loved that texture too, versus having warmed them right up).

    OK then, onward and happy SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Make it delicious!!!!!!!!

    Cheers! - Leah
  3. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic


    Another fine meal makes the mouth water.Have a great day.

  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice smoke Leah ! Thumbs Up Ya had me at calamari, that's some great stuff ! :biggrin:
  5. Thank you so very much Dan and Justin too!

    This was a simple Sunday, and yet healthful, happy, and so it goes!!! Many thanks!!!

    Here's to this new week, and with me extending a CHEERS to you great both! - Leah
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great Leah! As usual I'll take mine with extra tentacles please!
  7. brooksy

    brooksy Master of the Pit

    Great looking meal Leah!! You once again amaze with such beautiful plating.
  8. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great. You make such eye catching plates!
    I used to do this stuffed chilli thing where in a round ball sort of chilli ( blanched first) I put anchovy,black olive,caper & parsley.You could use tuna instead of anchovy .Hefty belt of EVO then let them sit fora day or 2. You either ate them as is or chopped them up to make pasta sauce. Time consuming to make & you had to get the right chilli.
    I do like that gadget ! It might work on green paw paw for my Tom Sam .
  9. Thanks Dirtsailor!  Here's to grabbing life by the tentacles indeed!

    And thank you too Brooksy! I'm so glad you enjoy my funky "plating" or arranging! How kind!

    Isn't that toy something Mick?  And I just love 'anything anchovy' (could eat mounds of them even as it does pacify the salty broad within) smiles, and so your dish, as always, just sounds so good! Thanks for nice words!!!

    Meanwhile, happy brand new and beautiful week to all!!!

    Cheers! - Leah

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