Saturday, March 6, 2010

Grecian Shrimp

If you want to serve a shrimp dish that is to die for, you must try this Grecian classic called Shrimp Saganaki. It is a fabulous alternative to the same old Shrimp Scampi so many of you are used to making. Most Greek restaurants will serve this dish as an appetizer. Let me inspire you to make this at home for your friends and family. Make sure you serve it with some delicious crusty bread so you can sop up the sauce. The recipe below serves four people so adjust the amounts if necessary.


1 1/2 pounds of cleaned shrimp with tails on

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ( or 1 teaspoon of Aleppo pepper)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1 small can crushed tomatoes

2/3 cup coarsely grated feta cheese

2/3 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

1/2 shot ouzo ( or vodka)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil until its translucent.. Add the tomato sauce, pepper or pepper flakes, oregano , and ouzo and saute until the sauce thickens . Add the shrimp and sauté for 2 minutes, or until they start to become firm. Transfer to a Pyrex dish
Bake for 10 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly. Sprinkle with the cheese and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

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