I’ve been back stateside for a year now, and I truly miss Slovenia and all the traveling we got to do while living there. So it’s no surprise that I couldn’t wait to get cooking when I saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme.
A Vacation-Inspired Recipe –
Start unpacking your favorite vacation memories. Think about a trip you took state-side or internationally and create a healthy recipe from an unforgettable meal you enjoyed. Or, create a recipe from a native ingredient you saw or tasted on your travels.
The food in the former Yugoslavia is just so fresh compared to the states. I loved going to the market everyday and finding something new to make for dinner. There was always fresh seafood, and lots and lots of squid. For a very traditional Slovenian dish, try Šunka v Testu (ham baked in pastry). Or if your in the mood for some alcohol, check out this Kuhano Vino recipe (mulled wine).
From what I saw, squid isn’t eaten breaded and fried like it is in the US. Instead, squid is often sautéed or grilled. You see Lignji Na Žaru (Grilled Squid) at food trucks or at Odprta Kuhna in Ljubljana. It seems to be quite popular, and of course is delicious!
I got this Sautéed Squid recipe from Kulinarka.net. Keeping true to the recipe the best I could, I translated it and converted the metric measurements. If you want to check out some other recipes on that site, I highly recommend it. Google translate is your friend.
- frozen squid (about 2 pounds)*, thawed
- olive oil
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 squash or zucchini
- 8 oz mushrooms
- 1 tomato
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 5 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup dry white wine
- fresh parsley
- salt and pepper
- In a large pan, heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil and pan-fry the thawed squid for 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside to cool.
- Chop up bell peppers, onion, squash, and mushrooms and add to pan with more olive oil if needed. Sauté until onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
- Chop up the tomato and add to pan. Also add the can of diced tomatoes, white wine, and garlic. Let simmer on medium/low heat.
- Meanwhile, slice the squid and put them in the pan with the vegetables.
- Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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