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May 4, 2015

Calamari, Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

Complete meal in no time at all ! Delicious Calamari, served over Veggie Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side

Calamari, Veggie rice and Garlic-Lemon dip make a complete, delicious meal and is ideal to serve anytime, over the weekend or on a busy weeknight.

I have to admit, I have never made my own crumbed Calamari rings, but buy a couple of bags from our local butchery. They have started to stock all kinds of seafood, gourmet bottled goodies and I just love their meats - always fresh, and they are very competitive with their prices.

Complete meal in no time at all ! Delicious Calamari, served over Veggie Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side

The Veggie Rice is a simple recipe, which I have made since I can remember, with the only change being, the rice - I used to use one particular rice only, white and brown, but over the years I changed over to Basmati, Jasmin and all those delicately fragrant rices, which are now our favorites.

I needed a Garlic dip recipe a year or two ago and threw together a couple of ingredients and ended up with this zesty Garlic-Lemon Dip, which is so versatile, you can dip just about any savory appetizer or snack in it. To make the Dip a little lighter, you can use half Mayonnaise and half Greek Yogurt, or simply Lite Mayonnaise.

We like a dip with Calamari rings, even when it is served on a bed of rice. Never been a huge fan of sauce-doused Calamari rings, but we do enjoy something in that line now and then.



I have always cooked my rice in Vegetable Stock, either homemade or I used a cube, but have changed over to these little Stock Pots from Knorr {nope, not getting paid to say this!} and I am absolutely in love with these.

So far, I have used the Vegetable, Beef and Chicken Stock Pots and am not planning on going back to the cubes ever again, homemade - yes always my first choice.

If you can not get hold of these Stock Pots, a cube or two will do just fine.

Calamari, Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

Veggie Rice:

1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice
1 Vegetable Stock Pot  {*or similar}
Water
Salt, to taste
1 1/2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 cup Spring Onions, chopped

Garlic-Lemon Dip:

1 cup Mayonnaise
2 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 TB Parsley, chopped

800g Crumbed Calamari Rings
Oil for Deep-fry

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Veggie Rice: Cook the Rice in lightly salted Water as usual, but add the Vegetable Stock Pot - drain if needed.
2.) Whilst the Rice is cooking, cook the Frozen Vegetables until just tender - drain and season to taste with Salt and Pepper - stir through the cooked Rice - add the Spring Onions, stir gently and keep warm.
3.) Combine all the Dip ingredients and keep chilled until ready to use.
4.) Heat the Oil and deep-fry the Calamari Rings until golden and done.

Spoon Calamari rings over a plateful of Veggie Rice and serve the Dip on the side.

Complete meal in no time at all ! Delicious Calamari, served over Veggie Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side


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1 comment:

  1. Looks really interesting Linda. This is now on my list to do! Pinned and shared!

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