Fill a Dutch oven
2/3 of the way full with vegetable oil.
In a large bowl, combine the calamari
, 2 teaspoons hot sauce
and 2 cups buttermilk and marinate for 30 minutes. In another bowl, combine the flour, masa, Essence, salt and pepper.
Heat oil to 350 degrees F
Remove the calamari from the buttermilk and place into the flour mixture in batches. Shake to remove any excess flour and fry
in vegetable oil
until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Fill another large bowl with the remaining 2 cups buttermilk
. Dip the hot peppers
into the buttermilk and then into the flour mixture and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
For the aioli:
In a food processor
, combine the garlic, salt, egg yolks, and lemon juice
. Once that is combined, slowly add the olive oil
. If the aioli is too thick, thin with a couple of tablespoons cold water.
*RAW EGG WARNING
Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs
Due to the slight risk of salmonella
or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs
with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.