Calamari is a dish that I often choose if I see it on the menu. It works as a delicious starter or tasty pub snack. Just imagine you’re sat in a beer garden with the sun beaming down eating these delicious morsels of seafood with a cool glass of beer – pure joy. It’s also really easy to make and I’ve added a twist to the recipe by using beer – a Krombacher Pils.
Krombacher is the largest brewery in Germany, brewing beers since 1803, producing in line with The Reinheitsgebot (a German Purity Law of 1516). This year, on the 23rd of April, sees the 501st anniversary of this law. The Reinheitsgebot state that only four ingredients can be used in the production of the beer – hops, malted barley, yeast and water.
Inspired by The Reinheitsgebot I’ve used four base ingredients to make the calamari: squid, plain flour, garam masala and Krombacher Pils. The fizz from the beer gives an airy, light and crisp tempura-like finish to the batter. The garam masala adds a warm spicy sweet note, which contrasts well and marries nicely with the slightly bitter taste of the beer. Each bite of this calamari will make your mouth water and a Krombacher Pils is the perfect accompaniment to quench that thirst.
Post and photography commissioned by Krombacher, who also supplied the beers.