Grilled Calamari with Minted Red Pepper
Created by Barton Seaver
Servings: Makes 4 Servings
  • 1 clove garlic , peeled
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for peppers
  • About 3 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 pounds calamari (about 10 small), cleaned, preferably with skin left on
  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 2 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, torn
Grate garlic over a large bowl. Stir in 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 to 3 tsp. salt. Add calamari; toss to coat. Refrigerate 10 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Preheat grill to high heat. Lightly coat peppers with olive oil. Grill about 20 minutes, turning occasionally until evenly charred. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside about 10 minutes. Carefully remove plastic; let peppers cool slightly. Working quickly, gently scrape off skin. Core and seed peppers, reserving juices. Slice into 1-inch-wide strips. In a bowl, combine peppers, their juices, vinegar, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Set aside in a warm place.

Grill calamari over high heat about 1 minute per side, until lightly charred (the tentacles will char faster than the rest—that's okay). Shake cooking juices out. Toss mint into pepper mixture, and place on serving dish. Top with calamari, season to taste, drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, and serve.