The Recipe - Cape Verdean Calamari

Cape Verdean Calamari 
Guisado de Lula
(Stew of Squid)

As Clarice Pinto and Lucy Pires, from Santiago, Cape Verde, taught Lindsay Sterling in Brockton Massachusetts, April 2015. Recipe adapted slightly to avoid msg which was in many of the pre-prepared spice mixtures they used. 

Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 10

3 lbs calamari (whole bodies about 4" long and legs is ideal, sliced bodies or rounds would also work)
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup red cooking wine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups water
1 cup beer
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" chunks
1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 onion, sliced into triangular chunks
3-inch-piece of yuca root (optional)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp annatto or achiote powder (optional)
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder (to your spice level)
1 tsp Old Bay (optional)
1/2 tsp chicken bouillon

Cook calamari covered with water in pressure cooker under pressure for 30 minutes. If you don't have a pressure cooker, don't worry about it. Just boil it for twenty minutes in a regular pot. You're calamari won't be super duper tender like hers was, but it'll still taste great.

Cut/pry the thick brown skin off yuca. Slice lengthwise through the middle and carve out the fiber that runs through the middle. It's about the size of embroidery thread. If you can't find it, don't worry about it, it may become apparent as you cut the yuca into pieces. Cut the yuca into 1/2 inch size triangles.

Strain calamari and add back to the pressure cooker pot or large pot with all the rest of the ingredients. Cook on medium high heat, boiling for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft and some of the liquid has evaporated.

Copyright Lindsay Sterling 2015