Greek Shrimp Recipe
One of my friends grew up in Parga and throws dinner parties with the most exquisite food you can imagine. His dishes are fresh, cosmopolitan, and always delectable.
Chris travels internationally quite a bit and the meals he prepares are influenced by his Greek heritage and travel experiences. This Shrimp Santorini recipe is one of his signature dishes and a true testament to his culinary flare.
This succulent shrimp dish is flavored with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and a hint of Ouzo or brandy. Since it is topped with oozing feta cheese and served piping hot, be sure to have a loaf of crusty bread on your table to soak up all of its bubbly deliciousness.
Shrimp Santorini has a very rich, satisfying flavor and can be served on its own or over rice. This recipe serves four very generously, but actually could serve up to six — it is that rich.
From the Kitchen of Christos Chalkis
- 2 lbs raw medium shrimp
- 3 large ripe tomatoes, finely diced
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 5 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 oz Ouzo or brandy (optional)
- 1 ½ to 2 cups water
- 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled or sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- flat leaf parsley, finely chopped for garnish
Yield: serves 4 as a main course.
Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, salt, pepper, and the optional Ouzo or brandy. Heat until bubbly and then reduce the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes until the tomatoes soften and the flavors meld together.
While the tomatoes are simmering, peel and clean the shrimp.
Preheat the oven to 400°.
Add the water to the tomato mixture and stir. Bring the ragout to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook for 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the shrimp and tomato mixture to an ovenproof serving dish. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the top of the shrimp mixture. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place the dish in the oven and bake to golden, bubbly deliciousness.
Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle with the fresh parsley.
Serve this Greek shrimp dish hot with crusty bread. Kalí óreksi!