This baby squids are delicious serve are very versatile. They can be serve as appetizer, or main dish. The stuffing can be made with ground pork, or any kind of meat you are in the mood of. I personally like to serve this as main dish with steam jasmine rice, and simple saute vegetable. Hope you like it.
Baby Squids Stuffed With Ground Beef, Chili, and Lemongrass
12 baby squids
1 lb ground beef
3 shallots, minced
1/2 cup minced lemongrass
2 red jalapeno, seeded - finely diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tbs freshly grated ginger
1 tbs + 1 tsp fish sauce
Salt and freshly grind black pepper to taste
For chili sauce
2 tbs sambal oelek
1/4 cup water
2 tbs distile white vinegar
3 tbs sugar
2 tbs fish sauce
Clean the squids as shown on the video here. When you are done, transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with lime juice. Refrigerate while you are making the stuffing.
In a large bowl, mix ground beef, minced shallots, 1/4 cup minced lemongrass, half of diced red jalapeno, grated garlic, grated ginger, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, salt and black pepper.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a skillet set over medium heat, add ground beef mixture. Use a large fork or the back of wooden spatula, to separate and break up any lumps, while stir frying at the same time until the meat is done, about 10 minutes. Season with freshly grind black pepper, taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer onto a clean bowl - cool down a little bit. Wash the skillet, wipe with clean kitchen towel. Once the beef is cooled, stuffed each squid, pack them tightly, then secure the end with tooth pick.
Return the skillet to the stove. Turn the heat to medium. Add 1 - 2 tbs oil. Fry 4 squids on each batch until brown on all side, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer onto large serving plate. When you are done frying all squids, add another tablespoon of oil to skillet, stir fry squid tentacles for about 3 minutes, add the remaining 1/4 cup of lemongrass, and the remaining diced red jalapeno, stir fry for another minute or so. season fish 1 teaspoon fish sauce, salt, and freshly grind black pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Transfer directly on top of squids. Serve with chili sauce and sliced cucumber on the side for appetizer, or with steam jasmine rice, simple saute green vegetable, and chili sauce as a main dish.