- 1 lb squid (calamari), cleaned
- 1 lb broccoli crowns
- 1/2 head endive (tops and center)
- 3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 shallot, minced (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (more if needed)
- 1/2 cup black olives, sliced or chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon each basil and oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste (or Morton's Hot Salt)
- a few drops balsamic vinegar
- 1 packet True Lemon or 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
- Romano cheese (for sprinkling)
Prepare squid by washing well, removing center tubes. Leave tops whole (the purple part) and slice the white portion into rings. (Or purchase pre-cleaned squid at the fish market).
In a skillet, saute squid over high heat for 5 minutes in olive oil.
Add garlic (and shallot if using), broccoli crowns and red pepper flakes. Stir in basil and oregano. Add additional olive oil to coat all if required. Saute 5 minutes over medium heat and then reduce heat and cover for 5 more minutes. Broccoli should remain a bright green, with tinges of browning, but should never become an olive green (if it becomes olive green then the broccoli has been overcooked).
Chop black olives if you're using oil cured olives, or if you have ripe canned and pitted olives, slice into rings and add to pan. Add washed endive tops and the center (heart) of the head. Leave the
heavy bottom stalks of the endive for soup.
Add balsamic vinegar, True Lemon or lemon juice (if using). Saute 2-3 minutes more or until broccoli can be pierced with a fork (try one - it should still have a very slight crunch to it) and the endive is just wilted.
This can be prepared without the balsamic vinegar or the lemon, but finishing with the these two ingredients adds a uniquely Sicilian style tanginess that really makes the dish authentic. Sprinkle with a touch of Hot Salt before serving and a tablespoon of grated Romano cheese to add a final kick.This can be served on its own, or may be served over pasta or rice/ The broccoli recipe is ready to serve....great taste ! Nice one..enjoy it !