Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Greek-Style Shrimp With Tomatoes & Feta

Nathan occasionally surprises me with little things like great cooking magazines. A few weeks ago he bought me the latest issue of Cooks's Illustrated...this is what we tried.

Greek-Style Shrimp With Tomatoes & Feta
Serves 4 to 6
Serve with crusty bread or steamed white rice

1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on, if desired
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp ouzo (substitute: 1 Tbsp. vodka + 1/8 tsp. anise seed = 1 Tbsp ouzo)
5 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press
1 tsp grated zest from 1 lemon
Table salt and ground pepper
1 small onion, diced medium (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 medium red bell pepper, steamed, seeded, and diced medium (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 green bell pepper, steamed seeded, and diced medium (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, 1/3 cup juices reserved
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill

1. Toss shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon ouzo, 1 teaspoon garlic, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in small bowl until well combined. Set aside while preparing sauce.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until simmering. Add onion, red and green bell pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to combine, Cover skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables release their moisture, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until moisture cooks off and vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes longer. Add remaining 4 teaspoons garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and reserved juice, wine and remaining 2 tablespoons ouzo; increase heat to medium-high and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded and sauce is slightly thickened (sauce should not be completely dry), 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add shrimp along with any accumulated liquid to pan; stir to coat and distribute evenly. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are opaque throughout, 6 to 9 minutes for extra-large or 7-10 for jumbo, adjusting heat as needed to maintain bare simmer. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle evenly with feta. Drizzle remaining tablespoon oil evenly over top and sprinkle with dill. Serve immediately.


Melissa said...

that looks delicious!

polly said...

Ymmm! That picture could be in Cook's Illlustrated!