About Ground Recipes - Squid with Rocket, Potatoes, Eggplant & Preserved Lemon

Kingfish, tuna or baby octopus are just as good as squid with the roast vegetable 'salad'. It seems like a lot of garlic, but when cooked this way the cloves lose their sharp pungency and have a mellow smooth flavour.


20 waxy baby potatoes peeled
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
8 Japanese eggplants sliced lengthways or 1 larger eggplant sliced
2 bulbs of garlic broken into cloves
24 baby squid tubes well rinsed and dried
a handful of rocket leaves
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Sea salt
1/4 of a Ground Moroccan Preserved Lemons rind cut into thin strips


Boil the potatoes until tender, drain, and pan-fry in a little olive oil until golden brown.

Meanwhile brush the eggplant with olive oil and roast, cut side down, on a preheated oven tray at 200C for about 7 to 10 minutes until browned. Wrap the garlic cloves in a sealed foil package with a dash each of oil and water and cook on a lower oven shelf at the same time as the eggplant.

When the vegetables are nearly ready heat a large pan to very hot and pan-fry the squid tubes in shallow oil for 2 minutes each side until golden. This may spit a little. Drain squid briefly on paper towels.

Arrange a pile of eggplant, potatoes and garlic cloves on each plate. Add a few rocket leaves and dress with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with sea salt. Serve the squid alongside the vegetables and scatter with the Moroccan Preserved Lemon rind.

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