Baked Tomatoes, Shrimp and Feta
August 21, 2014
"This is by far one of my favorite dishes. And, it is delicious, and easy to prepare as well. Make sure to use fresh herbs; it really does make a difference. And for the shrimp; use what is on sale. I happen to use extra large; obviously, if you are using smaller shrimp - you can add more than what I used. Now, how to serve the dish - well, these pics were over a leftover Greek rice I made, which I added spinach too. But, usually I will serve this over a bed of spinach - for those who want to cut down on carbs. You could also serve over white or brown rice, orzo or angel hair pasta; or, even toasted baguettes. This recipe, makes 2-3 servings; depending on other sides you serve with the dish."
- Serving Size: 1 (239.8 g)
- Calories 222.4
- Total Fat - 14.3 g
- Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
- Cholesterol - 55.8 mg
- Sodium - 931.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 13 g
- Dietary Fiber - 3.4 g
- Sugars - 4 g
- Protein - 11.9 g
- Calcium - 257 mg
- Iron - 2.1 mg
- Vitamin C - 42 mg
- Thiamin - 0.1 mg
Step by Step Method
Tomatoes ... Add the tomatoes and onions to a small casserole dish in basically a single layer. Depending on the type of tomato, I use between 1/2 and 3/4 of a pint. Drizzle with the olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, half of the salt and pepper, red pepper flakes; and, stir to combine.
Bake ... On the middle shelf, in a 450 degree oven, for 15-20 minutes; just until the tomatoes start to soften, and begin to break down. They will continue to cook once you add the shrimp; so, you don't want them to go too far. Remove from the oven to finish the dish.
Shrimp ... Add the white wine, shrimp, fresh parsley, oregano, basil, the remaining salt and pepper; then, toss to combine. Squeeze the fresh lemon over the top; and, finish with Feta cheese.
Bake ... Return to the oven; and bake 10-15 minutes until the shrimp begin to curl and turn pink. Remember, these cooking times are based on using extra large shrimp. Smaller shrimp will cook much quicker; so, you would have to address more cooking times for the tomatoes - before adding the shrimp.
Serve and ENJOY! ... As mentioned; this can be served over a bed of baby spinach, brown or white rice, pasta, toasted baguettes/crusty bread; or, served as is. It's really delicious. You could serve this as an appetizer with toasted baguettes; or, you can make it a main dish, by serving over rice, pasta, couscous.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- Make sure to use fresh herbs for the best flavor.
- Choose shrimp that is on sale for the best value.
- Instead of extra-large shrimp, use medium-sized shrimp. This substitution will reduce the cooking time, as smaller shrimp cook more quickly.
- Instead of white wine, use vegetable broth. This substitution will provide a more subtle flavor and allow the dish to be enjoyed by vegetarians and those who do not consume alcohol.
Vegetarian Version Omit the shrimp and replace with 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas. Increase the olive oil to 2 tablespoons and add 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan - This dish is a great accompaniment to the Baked Tomatoes, Shrimp and Feta as it provides a light and fresh contrast to the flavors of the main dish. It is also easy to prepare and adds a nice crunch. Roasting the asparagus with garlic and Parmesan adds a savory flavor and makes it a delicious side dish.
Roasted Carrots with Herbs and Honey:
This dish is a great complement to the Baked Tomatoes, Shrimp and Feta as it adds a sweet and savory flavor to the meal. Roasting the carrots with herbs and honey creates a delicious caramelized flavor and the herbs add a fresh aroma. This dish is also easy to prepare and is a great way to add a nutritious side dish to the meal.
Q: How do I make sure the tomatoes are cooked enough?
A: Bake the tomatoes in a 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until they start to soften and break down. They will continue to cook once you add the shrimp, so it's important not to overcook them.
Q: What kind of shrimp should I use?
A: For this recipe, you can use either raw or cooked shrimp. If using raw, make sure it is thawed and peeled before adding to the dish. If using cooked, add it during the last few minutes of cooking.
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