Some may refer to it as calamari, but I call it squid. It may be weird looking, but it's absolutely amazing, especially when not battered and fried like many people love. In fact, the first time I truly loved fell in love with squid was a sauteed spicy calamari from a japanese restaurant. Obviously, they know how to do fish right.
If you're a feel at ease entertaining, I think this would be an entertaining win. The dish is quick to cook and extremely delicious (and surprising). If your guests are more comfortable hearing the term "calamari" then throw that at them, but I love the surprise of turning someone's expectations around on a certain ingredient. All in all, this recipe is great and you should serve it to those you love.
SEARED SQUID WITH SERRANO CHILES, PARSLEY & LIME (Barely adapted from NYT)
1 lb. squid, cleaned and dried well
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 serranos, sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 lemon, juice
1 lime, juice
Red Pepper Flakes
Sea salt to taste
Clean and dry squid very well. Spread out on a single-layer layered with paper towels to absorb any moisture. Once dry, sprinkle with sea salt.
Heat large skillet over high heat. Let the pan get very hot (without oil) for 2-3 minutes. Depending on how large your skillet is, you may be able to do this in one batch, but make sure not to overcrowd the squid.
Add olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan and add squid without moving for at least 1 minute. This part will be a little dicey as the oil is hot and may spit a little, so be careful. Let sear, then add sliced garlic, parsley and serannos and cook for about 2 more minutes.
Immediately remove from pan, squeeze with lime/lemon juice and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. If you need to make another batch, repeat until all squid is seared. Serve (immediately) with rice or crusty bread, if you eat it ;)