Sausage-stuffed Squid with Almond, Fresno Chile and Finger Lime Salad

IngredientsSeafood, Nuts, Meat
Day PartDinner, Lunch
Menu PartSalad
Cuisine TypeAsian
Sausage-stuffed Squid with Almond, Fresno Chile and Finger Lime Salad

Brent Parrino, sous chef of Menu Research and Devleopment for the Cheesecake Factory marries the flavors of India, the Middle East and North Africa to create this inspirational menu item. Toasted almonds bring contrast to the texture and taste of squid and sausage.



1 tbsp. garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. shallot, chopped
2 oz. olive oil
1 tsp. thyme, chopped
8 oz. pork sausage, raw
Salt and pepper

3 lbs. calamari, tubes only

Almond, Fresno Chile & Finger Lime Salad:
2 each finger limes
2 each Fresno or Thai Chile
2 oz. almonds, sliced, toasted
6 oz. mixed greens
Smoked paprika vinaigrette, to taste

Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette:
1 each garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp. shallot, chopped
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
4 oz. sherry vinegar
10 oz. grapeseed oil
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
Salt and pepper



Sausage stuffing:

    1. Saute the garlic and shallots in olive oil until tender; cool under refrigeration.
    2. In a mixing bowl, mix the sausage, herbs, and garlic mixture until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Clean the tentacles and the fins off the squid tubes.
    4. Place the sausage into a piping bag and pipe about ½ oz. sausage into each tube. Be sure to not overstuff the squid as it will shrink once cooked.

    Almond, Finger Lime & Fresno Chile Salad:

    1. Thinly slice the finger limes and Fresno chilies.
    2. Poach the slices in simple syrup until tender and soft yet sweet to taste.
    3. Toast the sliced almonds in a low-temp oven until crunchy and golden brown

    Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette:

    1. Whisk together garlic, shallot, Dijon mustard, sherry vinegar, grapeseed oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

    Cooking squid and assembling plate:

    1. Season the squid tubes with salt and pepper.
    2. Grill squid tubes on all sides until they have a nice “snap” to them and the sausage is cooked all the way through.
    3. For each portion, arrange three squid tubes on a warmed plate.
    4. In a small mixing bowl, toss the greens with smoked paprika vinaigrette.
    5. Place a little mound of salad on or next to the squid.
    6. Garnish salad and plate with the almonds, Fresno chile and finger lime.
    7. Drizzle more of the vinaigrette all around the plate. Finish with sea salt crystals.


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