Thursday, December 30, 2010

Squid Ink Spaghetti with Crabmeat

Please welcome Victoria from Mission: Food to the LC stage.  Victoria, love that name by the way, blogs out of NYC.  Mission: Food is a great combo of cooking, writing, photography, and restaurant reviews.  She recently posted a fabulous Leek Bread Pudding and Red Lentil Rice Pilaf.  Nice!

Today she shares a smart, creative, and extremely flavorful Squid Ink Spaghetti course.

Victoria is active on Facebook and a very supportive blogger.  So check out Mission: Food, you will be happy you did.

Enjoy...

Guest Post Spotlight

Hello, everyone! My name is Victoria and I write a little blog called Mission: Food. Lately, I've been attempting to strike a balance between sharing original recipes, recipes from cookbooks I love, and reviews of exciting New York City restaurants. It's been very busy, but I've been enjoying the challenge :) When Lazaro asked me to write a guest post, I was extremely flattered, as he is one of the most innovative food bloggers out there, and I knew I would have to pull out the big guns to make a dish worthy of Lazaro Cooks! I also know that we are approaching the New Year, and I decided to share something elegant, but simple, that would be appropriate for serving a small New Year's dinner party, for any last minute party planners out there.


This makes a lot of pasta, and could easily be portioned into smaller appetizer servings if needed. I purchased the dry squid ink spaghetti from a specialty food market, and it had been imported from Italy. It should be available at gourmet markets, Italian markets, and online, but you can always make it from scratch to make this dish extra special! If you absolutely can't find squid ink pasta, you can substitute 1 pound of regular spaghetti, but it won't have the same striking colors. I love the contrast in color between the noodles and the lump crabmeat, so it's worth the extra effort to make it happen. The heavy hand with the lemon juice really brightens up the dish, and the garlic confit is subtle and a nice, somewhat sweet, background note. It takes very little effort to put this dish together, and yet the colors and flavors will definitely impress your guests! Thanks again to Lazaro for having me share a recipe here at Lazaro Cooks! I hope you all enjoy it and will come on over to Mission: Food to check out more!


Squid Ink Spaghetti with Crabmeat

Serves 6

1 lemon
6 cloves garlic, peeled and trimmed
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
500g (just over 1 lb) squid ink spaghetti, dry or fresh
1 lb lump crabmeat, picked over for shells
1/2 cup white wine (recommended: pinot grigio)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Peel 1/4 of the lemon and julienne (or thinly slice) the peel. Set aside as a garnish. Then juice the entire lemon and save until needed.

Put the garlic cloves in a very small saucepan and just cover with extra-virgin olive oil. Heat over medium-low to low heat until the garlic is slightly golden and completely tender. Remove the garlic from the oil and smash with a fork. Reserve the oil.

Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt the water and add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente. Reserve some of the starchy cooking water and then strain the pasta.


Meanwhile, coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with the reserved garlic oil (reserve extra for another use) and heat over medium heat. Add the mashed garlic confit, crabmeat, lemon juice, and white wine. Season generously with sea salt and pepper. Stir gently, as to not break up the crabmeat too much. Cook until the crab is heated through and the flavors are absorbed. Gently toss the crab sauce with the strained spaghetti. Add some starchy cooking water if needed to help nicely coat the pasta. Serve immediately, garnished with julienned lemon zest.


For more please check out Mission: Food.

31 comments:

  1. Thanks again, Lazaro, for having me share a recipe with your readers! Happy New Year :)

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  2. This looks absolutely amazing. I have a weak spot for crab dishes. For me it means home. I've been reading and hearing a lot about squid ink pasta and crab meat lately, it's certainly a sign. Looking forward to reading other posts from you, Victoria.

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  3. Wow...black spaghetti! I have never seen that. Wonder how it tastes like. It looks very delicious though. Great to have Victoria on board...Hi! Heading over to Victoria's blog now :)

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  4. Very interesting dish! I have made some squid ink risotto in the past, but the spaghetti sounds good too!

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  5. I have never tried squid ink spaghetti before. I have a love for seafood so I love your use of crab meat with this dish. You didn't overpower the dish with heavy sauces and kept it light with lemon juice. Great dish! Thank you Lazaro and Victoria for sharing this lovely dish with us. Hope you both have a Happy New Year!

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  6. I always wondered where you buy squid ink....it was the spaghetti! haha happy to follow you!

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  7. Hey Victoria, how fun to see you here :)
    I love squid ink pasta already, but this is such a flavorful recipe. Beautiful and colorful, plus lots of garlic :)

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  8. Oh, how you managed to temp me with squid ink pasta, and the crab meat, too die for !

    Have a wonderful New Year to you and yours!

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  9. Squid Pasta is always a striking dish to serve, love the simplicity of this dish too with delicate crab meat & the tang of citrus, excellent. Thanks for sharing Victoria with us Lazaro, a beautiful recipe :)

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  10. I have bought some dried squid ink pasta about a month ago...it has just been sitting in the pantry...I need to use it...Thanks for the inspiration Victoria!

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  11. Perfect! I have inked spaghetti since the Europe trip and I haven't cooked it at all. When I see this, I was so excited!

    Happy New Year to you Victoria and you, Laz!

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  12. The contrast in color that the squid pasta gives is definitely worth the effort of sourcing it and I love the simplicity of just sweet crab with lots of garlic and lemon! I'm inspired to try squid pasta now! Thanks, Victoria and Laz and wishing you both a happy and healthy 2011!

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  13. Victoria, so nice to see you here! I love the squid ink pasta and it sounds just lovely paired with crabmeat, a delicious meal for sure.

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  14. I love Victoria;s blog and she has the most unique dishes this is just perfect to add to any holiday meal!

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  15. Bravo, Victoria! That dish looks elegant and delicious & had me craving a glass of Sancerre. Thank you for sharing with us & Happy New Year to you - Cheers!

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  16. Great guest post, Victoria, this pasta dish looks stunning! I'm still figuring out how to make squid ink pasta from scratch... Squeezing those ink sacs must be quite messy, but if the results are like this, the effort must be worth it!

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  17. I am so proud of my daughter Victoria. I really enjoy reading her blog and hope more people will join her followers in 2011.
    Lazaro, thank you so much for inviting Victoria to do a Guest Post on your blog. I wish you and all your readers a very Happy New Year!

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  18. Great to see Victoria's Mom on here. Thanks! Happy & Safe New Year!

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  19. Wow Victoria! What an inspiring and fun dish! I got to try squid ink for the first time last week, and it was great- I'd love to try it in pasta! I love the combination of lemon, garlic & crab. Will definitely have to start making garlic confit now that I know it's so easy! I look forward to exploring your blog!

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  20. Hi, Lazaro, wishing you, your wife, your kitties and extended family a Happy, Healthy New Year filled with love and joy!

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  21. I look forward to checking out your blog, as a neighbor of yours. The pasta looks great and I like the drama of the black and white... make for a snappy dish for guests.

    Have a great New Years, Lazaro!

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  22. I have such fond memories now of Spain and all the squid ink dishes, so I know this would be lovely...nice post Victoria!

    Great that Laz has wonderful, and great cook friends to share things with!

    Happy New Year to all of you!

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  23. Welcome Victoria ( I love that name too) This is a great dish packed with a lot of flavor. Awesome.

    Happy New Year!

    Velva

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  24. Lazaro, Thanks for another fantastic guest post!

    Victoria, Very nice to see you here! This pasta is gorgeous, I will definitely be on the lookout for it. The crab is a delicious pairing!

    Happy New Year to you both!

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  25. Hi Victoria, it's so nice to meet you! I love your squid ink pasta - I had a version I absolutely loved in Italy, so I think I'll need to look for squid ink pasta in my Italian grocery :) Thanks for sharing a great recipe with us! And always, thanks for sharing a fun blogger with us, Lazaro!

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  26. I have never tried squid ink spaghetti but the dish looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing Victoria!
    Lazaro to you and all yours and all those lovely guests in your blog- Here is a wishing that
    the coming year is a glorious one
    that rewards all your
    future endeavors with success.
    Happy New Year 2011.
    Your friend always.

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  27. Hi Victoria! I can't think of anything more delicious right now than a combination of squid ink, crab, lemon and slow cooked garlic!!! Absolutely fabulous!!!

    Thanks Laz, for featuring Victoria - I wish I'd known of her blog, BEFORE I went to NY!

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  28. You have the greatest guest posts around.

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  29. This is pretty interesting. I love the use of squid ink! Very new to me! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. oh, pure deliciousness! Love it! Great pick Lazaro, as always!!

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