Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta

Let me let you in on a little secret. I generally don't like seafood. I realize this makes me an odd duck, so to speak, but really if seafood is on the menu I'll usually only eat enough to be polite. The Brain loves when we go to a wedding or a benefit or some function like that and a surf and turf platter is served. He somehow always ends up with extra surf. Crab legs, lobster, blecch. Sometimes I will actually enjoy a bi-valve. I do find mussels fairly delicious.

Because I am a nice and loving wife though, I will occasionally make shrimp. I can stomach shrimp. I don't need to worry about overeating it at least. And it falls massively in the Acts of Love category (from this fairly silly book). And I can see the nutritional benefits of shrimp. It's very low in calories and fat and yet it's super high in protein, selenium, and zinc.

So imagine my surprise (and the Brain's) when I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day! This Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta is really good! It's the yummy dinner I made before making the Daring Bakers' Bakewell Tart. The recipe comes from a magazine I found while waiting in line at Walmart called EatSmart with Ellie Krieger. (I'm starting to really like her and her book just got added to my Amazon wish list!) The tomatoes, feta and parsley give make it warm and comforting and yet somehow fresh tasting at the same time. It's the kind of meal that I could imagine eating on some Mediterranean island maybe.

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta
From EatSmart with Ellie Krieger

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Two 14.5 ounce cans no salt added diced tomatoes, with their juices
1/4 cup finely minced fresh flat leaf parsley
1 Tbsp finely minced fresh dill
1 1/4 pounds peeled deveined medium shrimp
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2/3 cup crumbled reduced fat feta

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion 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 the heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the parsley, dill, and shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the feta over the top. Bake until the shrimp are cooked through and the cheese melts, about 12 minutes.
Serve over rice or orzo.

On a side note, I'm sorry I've been sporadic to say the least in my blogging. Downright negligent really. I was going through a bit of a dark moment. But I've realized that I miss blogging. I miss being involved with the food blogging community. So I plan on doing a bit more blogging in the future. Thank you for continuing to read.


Fran Z said...

This sounds pretty easy and very yummy! I do love seafood! I'll try it! Thanks

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Johanna said...

nice to see you back - I have never been keen on seafood and went vegetarian before I could develop a taste - so it always amuses me when I tell people I am veg and they say, but do you eat fish - if I was going to stop being veg I don't imagine I would eat much seafood but I would probably try this dish

Deborah said...

I actually really like seafood - especially shrimp - but I don't think I've ever had it baked before. This sounds wonderful!

breadchick said...

That sounds wonderful and I think that is making it to the shipboard menu for this week.

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

This looks great, Mary. I've just got my hands on a big hunk of feta, and so I've been looking out for some yummy ideas for it.

Sara said...

This sounds a lot like a dish I've ordered at Cafe Zola several times. Only theirs was spicy and served with bread.

I'm definitely going to have to make this... I might not be able to resist the urge to add some red pepper flakes, though!

Mrs. White said...

Looks delicious! Sorry to hear you've been feeling low, but glad to have you back.

Peabody said...

Feta and Shrimp together are so yummy. This looks good.

Cynthia said...

Shrimp with salty feta - yum!

Billy said...

Mmmmm.... Sounds good. Rejina makes a Shrimp with green sauce that she found in a Cooking Light magazine. It's easy and is also baked. The only bad part is the shelling/cleaning all the shrimps. Of course, I get that job. I'll try to dig up that recipe. This looks good.

the cheap chick said...

Mmmmm.... shrimp, cheese and tomatoes - what's not to love? That looks delish, and if you can enjoy the food you make as an Act Of Love, so much the better :)

Zylo said...

This sounds so good. I do like shrimp, along with the other ingredients. And really, I'm up for any excuse to buy more cheese.

The Blonde Duck said...

I just got my cupcake bowls and pot holders! Thank you so much! :)

Liz said...

Doesn't Ellie Krieger make some great recipes? I enjoy watching her show on the cooking channel.

And, how can you go wrong with feta cheese in ...anything!