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[VIDEO] Croatian Recipes: Squid Stuffed with Vegetables & Pancetta



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Croatian TV chef Almo Čatlak this year completed 10 years of his cooking show ‘TV-kuhanja’ (TV-cooking). Čatlak’s show, which shows viewers how to prepare a meal from start to finish in a 3-4 minute clip, was broadcast on Croatian TV for the past decade. In that period Čatlak has produced over 2,000 videos.

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Squid stuffed with vegetables & pancetta

Squid contains a low percentage of saturated fats and sodium, but are high in cholesterol. What can you do when they are so nice to eat. There are a number of ways to cook squid and if you love them stuffed check out this recipe.


   Ingredients you will need (to serve 4)

  • Squid – 8 larger, cleaned
  • Fennel – 100 g
  • Carrots – 80 g
  • Onion – 1/2
  • Garlic – 3 cloves
  • Toast Bread – 2
  • Pancetta – 50 g
  • Corn (can)- 80g
  • Thyme – 1/2 spoon (dried)
  • Rosemary – 1 branch (fresh)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  •  Grate the carrot, remove the crust from the bread and chop the soft, white part into cubes. Next finely chop the onion, pancetta, fennel and squid arms.
  • Heat up 2-3 spoons of olive oil in a pan and add the chopped onion, pancetta, fennel, carrot, crushed garlic, thyme and squid arms. Add salt and stir. Add the rosemary and fry on a low heat.
  • After 4-5 minutes take out the rosemary branch and put the rest into a separate bowl.
  • Add the canned corn and chopped bread and a bit of olive oil, pepper and mix well.
  • Using this mixture you stuff the squids, but not completely as the squids will shrink during the cooking process. Close with toothpicks.
  • Place the stuffed squids in a slightly greased pan and fry for 5-6 minutes, turn the squids and cook for the same time on the other side.
  • The stuffed squids are now ready. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. Dobar Tek!

    Check the original recipe (in Croatian) here.

    Previous recipes in English:

    Wine Goulash with Oyster Mushrooms
    Fritule s jabukama (small donuts with apple)

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