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    Calamari with basil mayonnaise

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus soaking
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes
    • Total time: 35 minutes, plus soaking

    Serves: 4 as a starter


    400g frozen squid, defrosted, tubes cut into 1cm rings
    300ml whole milk
    2 tbsp plain fl our
    2 tbsp cornfl our
    pinch baking powder
    about 400ml vegetable oil, for frying

    1 egg yolk
    ½ x 25g pack basil, leaves, torn
    ¼ tsp English mustard powder
    ½ tsp white wine vinegar
    75ml vegetable oil
    75ml olive oil
    1 tbsp lemon juice, plus wedges to serve


    1. Put the squid in a bowl and cover with the milk. Set aside for 20 minutes.

    2. For the mayonnaise, blend the egg yolk, basil, mustard and vinegar in a food processor; season. Mix the oils and, with the motor running, slowly trickle them in to make a thick mayonnaise. Add lemon juice to taste; season and chill.

    3. For the calamari, mix the flours and baking powder in a large bowl; season. Shake the excess milk from the squid and toss through the flour until coated.

    4. Fill a large pan 1 / 3 full with oil and heat to 180˚C. Shake the excess fl our from the squid; fry in batches, for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Drain on a rack set over a tray. Season; serve with the mayo and lemon. 

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