1 box (three lbs.) of whole large calamari
½ cup bread crumb
1 tbs. olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
2 stems and leaves of parsley (finely chopped)
pepper to taste
Calamari are difficult to clean. If you can buy them cleaned, you will save yourself a lot of time and effort.
To clean calamari: peel skin off first; then, take off wings and set aside; remove top or head; now, insert index finger and clean out inside, making sure to remove all inside guts and bone, rinse the cleaned calamari and set aside.
In small bowl place all ingredients and combine (stuffing should be moist from oil but not soaked. Spoon small amount into calamari and place toothpick to seal top. Do not overstuff because calamari will shrink and if it's overstuffed it will break. Place a generous amount of plain tomato sauce (we use Hunts) on a deep baking pan, place stuffed calamari on top and then add more sauce on top of calamari as well as some grated cheese. Bake in 375º oven till fork inserts easily, about ½ hour. Serve with lots of bread or a nice plate of pasta.
Note: Use lobster sauce to cover calamari; the taste is incredible!© Natala Orobello