My first introduction to squid steaks was about 30 years ago at The New Hellas Cafe in Detroit's Greektown. The owner and my Dad grew up together and during our frequent trips, Gus would "surprise" us with something he was cooking in the kitchen. This particular night he came out with a breaded squid steak served with a little tomato and onion relish...it was so good that I had to make it myself. I tinkered a bit ( since I wasn't given the recipe) and came up with this. Gus closed his restaurant in 2008 after 107 years of his family's ownership...oh how I miss it! —inpatskitchen
For the relish
medium tomatoes, seeded, cored and finely diced
finely diced red onion
fresh lemon juice
dried oregano (preferably Greek)
extra virgin olive oil
For the squid
squid steaks, thawed if frozen ( I've never found fresh steaks in the Detroit area)
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!