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Crispy Fried Squid Tostadas with Chipotle Mayonnaise

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  • For the Chipotle Mayonnaise

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 3 tsp chipotles en adobo

  • a couple of good pinches of sea salt and pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 200ml half olive oil and half vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • ½ tsp castor sugar

  • For the Squid

  • at least a litre of vegetable oil (you can re-use it later)

  • 250g plain flour

  • salt and pepper

  • 250g coarse cornmeal

  • 3 squid, cleaned, scored and sliced into small rings, about 650g

  • 3 large eggs beaten with 150ml whole milk

  • 3 shallots, sliced thinly

  • a lime, cut into wedges

  • a small handful of coriander, freshly chopped


  • 1.

    Pre-heat oven to 100C.

  • 2.

    To make the mayonnaise, put the egg yolks in a food processor with the mustard, half the chipotle, a good pinch of salt and the garlic.

  • 3.

    Whiz to combine.

  • 4.

    With the motor running, slowly pour the oil through the funnel of the food processor. The mayonnaise will thicken and emulsify.

  • 5.

    Add half the vinegar and the sugar and taste (it may not need the other half) and season. Add more chipotle if you like the mayonnaise spicier and smokier.

  • 6.

    In a large saucepan, heat the oil until a piece of squid sizzles when immersed.

  • 7.

    Put the flour on a large plate and season with salt and pepper. Do the same with cornmeal.

  • 8.

    Coat the prepared squid lightly in the seasoned flour, then dip in the beaten eggs and finally coat in the cornmeal.

  • 9.

    Fry the squid, a few at a time, until golden and crisp and then drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in the oven.

  • 10.

    Fry the shallots for a few minutes until crispy and brown.

  • 11.

    Serve immediately with the mayonnaise, wedges of lime, deep-fried shallots and scattered coriander.

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