I had some frozen calamari rings from the fabulous "Bexx" line from Portugal which I adore (all of their frozen goods) and decided to smoke them up!
I mixed some raw Vidalia onion, chopped sweet raw peppers and some fresh basil,
Started boiling some black rice,
Mopped the rings through safflower oil for high heat,
oiled the grill grates on the little smoker too, and layered on the rings!
I smoked these on the humble gas smoker with luscious hickory chips, lowish heat (240 maybe?) for 15 minutes.
And I added the onion mixture to the black rice, once eating nearly half of it raw,
And started plating my little lunchtime creation...
adding some fresh basil sprigs...
And then the smoked calamari which smelled incredibly and got lovely color!
And then I used some simple albeit wonderful and healthful seasonings: avocado oil, a freshly squeezed lemon - & it's ZEST -
And my new favorite "crush item" from Trader Joe's, which is a grinder of smoked paprika flakes, sea salt, garlic and basil. WON-DER-FUL! I am now putting that on everything! Even the dogs! Well, OK you get the idea, as it is MARVELOUS! Go grind away!!!
And then I squeezed the lemon and added all the above jazz...and VOILA! The food was just downright harmonious and amazing, if I may be so humble and admit such myself!
These are soft and succulent, and I have had this BEXX line deep fried in coconut flour too and it is baby soft! A fabulous product!
Here's wishing everyone a little calamari safari today and with fabulous things!
Thanks for sharing in my lunch!
Cheers!!!! - Leah