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Grilled Squid and Torpedo Onions with Sorrel

For this unexpectedly fun dish, Matt Lightner of Castagna in Portland, Oregon, tosses grilled torpedo onions (a sweet heirloom variety from Italy) with grilled squid bodies. Since the onions and the squid resemble each other so much in color and shape, each bite is a small surprise.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 torpedo onions or medium shallots, unpeeled
  • 16 whole cleaned baby squid (1 1/2 pounds), bodies and tentacles separated
  • 4 cups sorrel leaves


  1. Light a grill. In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil with the lemon juice and season the dressing with salt and black pepper.
  2. Grill the torpedo onions or shallots over moderately high heat, turning a few times, until charred on the outside and just tender within, about 20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let steam for 15 minutes. Peel the onions and trim the ends. Put the onions in a large bowl and keep warm.
  3. In a bowl, drizzle the squid bodies with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Grill the squid over high heat until it is lightly charred and tender, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the squid bodies to the bowl with the grilled onions. Repeat with the tentacles.
  4. Add the sorrel leaves and the dressing to the onions and squid and toss to combine. Season the salad with salt and pepper. Arrange the salad on 4 plates and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Pinot Noir from New Zealand, especially the Marlborough region, often has a slight smokiness that goes well with grilled seafood.

Contributed By Photo © Anna Williams Published July 2010

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