Known to have the advantage of being low in fat and calories but rich in protein and minerals, squid is usually cooked fried (fried calamari), stewed, or be added as an ingredient in pastas and soups; its shape is also ideal for stuffing ham, rice, or cheese.
In the Philippines, stuffing the squid or pusit is also popular. They like stuffing pusit with with tomato and onions then brushing it with a soy sauce marinade and then grilling it; or elaborately filling it in with finely chopped vegetables, squid fat, and ground pork.
Adopted from the stuffed squid of the Mediterranean, binusog na pusit is usually stuffed with white cheese or the kesong puti. Ricotta, parmesan, or any cheese of preference can also be used.
The pusit is prepared for cooking by holding it with one hand and reaching inside its body with the other, pulling away the head along with its tentacles. The dark skin is peeled away leaving a transparent cartilage that resembles a plastic, which also has to be pulled away. The body is then rinsed with water.
After washing, the pusit is set aside while the cheese is briefly cooked together with garlic, bread crumbs, eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. The squid is then stuffed with the cheese mixture, sealed, fried for a minute, and is simmered with a tomato mixture. After simmering for several minutes the binusog na pusit is ready to serve.
Binusog na Pusit (Stuffed Squid)
Cooking Time: 1 hour
½ lb roma tomatoes – diced
1 ½ cup yellow onion – finely chopped
6 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
2 ½ oz ricotta cheese
2 ½ oz parmesan cheese
4 large squids – cleaned
½ cup green onion
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non stick pan. Add 1 cup onion cook until translucent. Add ½ garlic cook for 1 min add bread crumbs eggs and cheese. Salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
- Fill the squid with cheese, stuffing but do not over stuff, secure end with toothpick.
- In a clear frying pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add squid cook for 1 min. remove.
- Add ½ cup onion, cook add1/2 garlic cook for 1 min stir in tomato. Simmer for 5 mins until thick. Return squid to the pan and cook. Cover for 10 mins. Serve.
CHEF REGGIE TORRES