Roasted Shrimp with Feta

Roasted Shrimp with Feta :: Inquiring Chef

There’s a lot of good going on around here today.  At the top of the list are certainly my sweet husband who took great care of me over the weekend and the welcome fact that I am kicking this travel-induced illness out the door.

Dinner tonight was a lot of good as well.  I’m glad to be back in my little kitchen with its strange lighting and endless pile of dishes begging to be washed.  Those weeks off from the kitchen were lovely, but I start itching to cook, and (thanks to countless hours on airplanes) I now have hundreds of bookmarked new recipes to try!  Tonight though, dinner inspiration came from Peggy at Feeding Andy.

As is always the case with discovering a new blog via Secret Recipe Club, the deeper I got into Peggy’s, the harder it was for me to choose what to make. But when I saw Peggy’s pretty adaptation of Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp with Feta, I knew this would be the one.  The dish comes together in one pan and is finished off in the oven so that it comes to the table all bubbly and hot.

It’s a pretty quick dinner proposition, especially if you have access to shrimp that is relatively oven-ready when you buy it.  I’m glad to know my Thai shrimp are nice and fresh, but darned if I’m not looking forward to the day that I can purchase shrimp with their heads already cut off.

Thai Shrimp :: Inquiring Chef

Once you make this dish for the main attraction, the sky’s the limit on how to serve it.  I loved Peggy’s idea to serve it over egg noodles.  It would also be great with crusty bread for dipping.  I served it with whole wheat couscous tossed with roasted vegetables.  But honestly, this all on its own with a salad on the side would make for a great dinner – light and satisfying – quite fitting for the first week of January.

I did adapt the recipe a bit, although I’ve posted it below in its original form.  Most notably, I left out the Pernod.  I think I’ll be a real grown-up when I have things like Pernod in my kitchen cabinet, but it seems I’m not there quite yet.

Thanks for the great recipe, Peggy!

Roasted Shrimp with Feta
 
A quick yet elegant dish of roasted shrimp topped with feta and toasty breadcrumbs.
Recipe type: Main Dish, Seafood
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
  • 1½ cups medium-diced fennel
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 (14½-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Pernod
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1¼ pounds (16 to 20 per pound) peeled shrimp with tails on
  • 5 ounces good feta cheese, coarsely crumbled
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 lemons
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 10-or 12-inch heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-low heat. Add the fennel and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fennel is tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes with the liquid, tomato paste, oregano, Pernod, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Arrange the shrimp, tails up, in one layer over the tomato-mixture in the skillet. Scatter the feta evenly over the shrimp. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle over the shrimp.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the shrimp. Serve hot with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.
Notes
Recipe from Feeding Andy and from the original by Ina Garten.

 

Comments

  1. says

    This reminds me a little of an appetizer I sometimes order at my local Greek restaurant. They bring it to the table in a hot dish still sizzling away from the oven, with a basket of soft pita bread to mop up the sauce. It’s so good that I’ve often been tempted to just order two servings and call it dinner. :)
    I’m cutting back on eating out this year, so this post is perfectly timed… now I can make my beloved Greek shrimp at home, instead!
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    • says

      Mmmmmm, next time I’ll serve it with pita wedges – I love that idea. I’m resolved to eat out less this year too – here’s to learning to make our favorite restaurant dishes at home!

  2. says

    I’m totally the same, I hate having to rip off the heads. On New Year’s Eve a friend gave us all a lesson in prawn peeling. He has a 5-step system that’s rather clever.
    You have to love a dish that is cooked all in the one pot.
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    • says

      You would think I’d be over it by now, but I still dread it. I got a pretty good lesson at a Thai cooking class here, but I still struggle with it…perhaps your friend should do remote lessons. ;)

    • says

      We’re having soup tonight – what is it about January that seems to require lots and lots and lots of soup….even in Thailand!?

    • says

      When my husband saw it, he said “fancy dinner!”. It’s so simple, but it does come out looking like something we’d serve to guests – lol. I’m with you – I’m pretty easily sold on anything with feta in it.

    • says

      DK – Yes – I think this would work served over pasta. It’s not super saucy, but there’s always extra sauce in the dish for sopping up with bread, so I think it should be great served that way.

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