Hot Paprika Squid with Applewood Bacon and Crispy Garlic

Hot Paprika Squid with Applewood Bacon and Crispy Garlic

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

3 people

Hot Paprika Squid with Applewood Bacon and Crispy Garlic makes a great appetizer or main dish, especially for those looking for a new flavor experience.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Applewood Smoked bacon, cut into lardons (strips)
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced into rings, dried on paper towels
  • Hot or Sweet paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly pinched cilantro leaves, left whole
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested then cut into quarters to serve on plates

Preparation

  • 1 Cook bacon until brown and the fat has been rendered.
  • 2 Remove bacon to paper towel to drain.
  • 3 Drain grease, reserving for other uses if desired, leaving a couple tablespoons or so in the pan.
  • 4 Add the olive oil to the bacon grease, whisk to blend.
  • 5 Add garlic slices and fry to a medium golden brown.
  • 6 Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towel and set aside.
  • 7 Increase the heat to high and add butter.
  • 8 When bubbling hot, add squid and season with plenty of paprika, salt and pepper.
  • 9 Cook the squid for 2 to 3 minutes or until just cooked through.
  • 10 Add the bacon pieces to warm.
  • 11 Place herbs around and serve with the juices drizzled over and around squid.
  • 12 Serve hot.

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