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Sweet squid with potatoes, celery roots and petimezi. Yum.

April 17, 2014

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Seafood is a kind of food that many people are “afraid” to cook because they think is difficult or time consuming or anything.

Well, my friends, seafood is actually such a quick, healthy, tasty and easy to cook kind of food that is combined with so many other things, from pasta to vegetables and rice, besides from being served alone.

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This time, I chose to cook squids. You can either choose to buy fresh ones -but you have to clean them if your fishmonger won’t- or get frozen ones, as I did which are a very good and of great quality too choice.

Ι grabbed a few potatoes, a couple of celery roots waiting patiently for their turn into the vegetables’ drawer of my fridge and my petimezi, which turns everything into something else. If you can’t get any, add some vinegar syrup with a pinch of sugar, or some honey, or some dark sugar alone. But give it a try and search for it.

You can use it as a syrup over ice cream, yoghurt or elsewhere and to your cooking as I do! Check out recipes here, here or at this post with this gentle squid.

Here you are!


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  • 500 gr of squids clean and cut in big pieces (I got a package of frozen, clean, cut in big pieces squids)
  • 5-6 big potatoes, clean and cut in hedges
  • 2 celery roots, clean and cut in hedges
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 250 gr tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp petimezi
  • 1 bay leaf
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper


  1. In a big pot, pour some olive oil -just to cover the bottom of the pot- and let it heat on high heat.
  2. Pour the onion, garlic, potatoes and celery roots and stir them for about 2-3′. Add squid and stir for about 2-3′ more.
  3. Add tomato puree, petimezi, bay leaf, salt and pepper and cover almost all the ingredients with water. Stir some more, put the lid on and let them boil on medium heat until all the ingredients are soft -about 30′.
  4. Eat with lots of nice bread for the delicious sauce and drink wine.


For this recipe I cooked with the squids of the greek company Kallimanis


6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2014 8:39 pm

    Nice! I have never heard of petimezi. Lovely recipe!

    • April 17, 2014 8:44 pm

      Check it out and try to find it and taste it!

      • April 17, 2014 8:50 pm

        It reminds me a bit of a balsamic glaze. Have you heard of this? I have a bottle of it in my cupboard now.

      • April 17, 2014 9:11 pm

        Yes, I know about balsamic glaze and I use it too. It looks like it but it’s quite different in taste. Petimezi is more sweet and there is a slight difference in the making. It is not a vinegar -balsamic is actually a kind of vinegar. I guess you could use it with a pinch of sugar.

  2. April 18, 2014 1:59 am

    This looks so good!!! Great photography skills!

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