We are fans of calamari in this household and try and get it as an appie when we go out. Especially the tentacles...yum..So, this seemed a good Nigella recipe to knock off my list in the Express book. Happy Hour at Squirrel Head Manor :-)
Grab your ingredients......
Tip roughly one cup of oil (Nigella calls for peanut oil, I used vegetable oil) into a saucepan. If your squid is not sliced up as mine wasn't, cut the tubes into rings.
Put 1/4 cup corn meal, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning into a freezer bag. Add calamari rings and tentacles. Toss to coat.
Drop calamari gently into oil after oil is fiercely hot. This will provide a good crunch. Fry up in batches. About 4 minutes each...according to your preference.
Lift the calamari out of oil with slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
Serve with garlic mayonnaise.
For the garlic mayo: grate three cloves garlic (Nigella calls for 1 clove..phhhww...can't get too much garlic in my opinion) and stir this into 1/2 cup mayo.
Nigella Express, Everyday Easy Section, page 16. Another one I can cross off.