Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta


I pinned this recipe (originally from Ellie Krieger) and have been looking forward to making it since. At first I thought that shrimp + feta was a weird combination, but when I thought about it some more, it sounded good combined with all the other ingredients. I'm glad I tried it because this dish is light, simple, and very flavorful. I love almost anything that contains olives, and this was no exception. It was really easy to make this sauce, but it also felt pretty elegant and special in a way - it was probably the shrimp, which is a treat for us.

Somehow I mysteriously hurt my left big toe a few days ago. I woke up and it was swollen and slightly bruised and really painful! I have no idea what I did to it, but even walking was a chore. Luckily it's getting better now, but I made this meal when it was at the height of painfulness because it was so easy. Although I did have some chopping and photography assistance with this one from my wonderful husband. 

 

I served this dish with a mix of Israeli couscous and tri-color orzo from my local grocery. You can serve it over any pasta of your choice. It should serve about four people.

Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste 
about 3/4 to 1 lb of medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
about 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
about 3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
cooked couscous or pasta of your choice, for serving

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add the onion. Stir and cook until it turns translucent. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano, and basil. Stir and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let cook for about 10 minutes, or until it thickens slightly.

Stir in the shrimp, olives, and half the parsley. Remove from the heat. Top with the feta. Place in the oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 12 minutes.

Top with the remaining parsley and serve hot over couscous or other pasta.


What was I cooking one year ago?: lemon and thyme braised baby artichokes
Two years ago?: peanut butter banana pancakes

18 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! I love shrimp. And, I hope your toe feels better.

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  2. This is a delicious dish! I love shrimps and surely, being Greek, I love feta! So all in all this dish is right up to my alley! Sorry about your toe, I hope you will fell better soon!

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  3. I love shrimp and feta! Never baked shrimp before, I'd be worried about under-cooking, but this looks fabulous :)

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  4. Sorry about your toe, but I'm glad you're feeling better now!

    I love the bold flavors in this dish...bet they're a perfect pairing with shrimp!

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  5. I haven't had shrimp in so long, and I'm loving the idea of a baked shrimp dish with a tomato and feta sauce! :)

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  6. mmmm....I made something similar once that was baked with orzo - these ingredients are really a delicious combination. Hope your toe gets better!

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  7. The mediterranean flavors in this recipe never fail to draw me in and make me drool. Love this dish!

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  8. Oh! Your shrimp with feta looks delicious, so rich in flavor...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Amy :)

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  9. Sorry to know that you've hurt! I hope you "re feeling better now! These shrimp & feta looks appetizing & love the awesome gravy! Take care & have a nice day, dear Amy! HUGS ^^

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  10. I have never had a greek dish with shrimp before, but this one looks amazing. I am saving this one. The ingredients alone tell me this is a keeper. Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. So delicious! I made this before and served it over pasta. It's one of my family's favorites!

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  12. I've made a similar dish with chicken, but think your shrimp version would be just as wonderful! Thanks for sharing~

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  13. This sounds and looks so delicious. I love shrimp and all the flavor you put into this dish.

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  14. yum! these are some of my favorite ingredients together! looks like a perfect dish I would order at a restaurant!

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  15. Sounds like a delicious meal. It's is nice that you husband helped with the chopping and photography. My husband loves helping as well. I hope your foot is better now.

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    1. It's so great to have helpful husbands - especially when it comes to doing dishes :-)

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  16. This looks like a wonderful tasty, hearty dish!
    So tempting and great for a cold winterday.

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