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Monday, September 28, 2009

RecipePapa on Squid Luau

Prep Time:
35 min

Cook Time:
1 hr 40 min

4 servings

2 pounds calamari (squid) or 2 pounds octopus
3 pounds luau leaves (leaves of the taro plant)
1 teaspoon Hawaiian salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, diced
3 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Clean calamari and or octopus and slice in rings or bite size pieces.
Wash luau leaves, remove stems and thick veins. In a large pot, boil 3 cups of water with the Hawaiian salt and baking soda. Add the leaves to the boiling water and reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered for 1. One hour is sufficient because the stems and thick veins have been removed. If you were to use the entire taro leaf you would need to cook it for at least 3 hours to break down the oxalic acid. Drain, and squeeze out liquid. Saute onions and cleaned calamari and or octopus in the butter until the onions are clear. Add the coconut milk, cooked luau leaves, salt, and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes.

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