I have been collecting food magazines and articles for a while now, and every now and again I go through some of them with the hopes of finding an old gem that can be reused. Such is the case when I flipped through the 2009 edition of "Eat Smart" with Ellie Krieger. My boyfriend was coming over for dinner and I wanted to make something hearty but different, and voila! - Baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta. Succulent shrimp soaked in rich tomato sauce, baked with feta cheese and topped with fresh parsley and dill - that's exactly what I was looking for.
|I used black tiger shrimp|
What you'll need:
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
2 14.5 oz cans no-salt added diced tomatoes, with their juices
1/4 cup finely minced fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp finely minced fresh dil1 1/4 pounds frozen and thawed medium shrimp, peeled
2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste
orzo or rice (this dish can be served on either, I used orzo)
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ohio and cook, stirring until softened, about 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 5 minutes, until the tomato juices thicken.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley, dill, and shrimp and season with salt and paper.
- Sprinkle the feta over the top.
- Bake until the shrimp are cooked through and the cheese melts, about 12 minutes.
You can use pretty much any type of pasta for this recipe, but I decided to use orzo as I'm a huge fan of this grain. Orzo (an italian "barley") bears a close resemblance to rice, just but a bit longer (almost as large as a pine nut). Traditionally, it's used as the base for many soups, but I think it can be used interchangeably with any other grains in cold and hot pasta dishes. The nutritional info alone is pretty remarkable - In 1/2 cup of Primo brand orzo pasta, there's 300 calories, 1.3 g fat, and 10 g of protein! Add that with the shrimp packed sauced and you've got a protein packed meal.
Top with some shaved parmesan cheese and serve! :)