Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Greek-Spiced Baked Shrimp

Serves 4
Active time: 15 min; Start to finish: 1 hr

  • 1 med onion, chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
  • ½ tsp hot red-pepper flakes 
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon 
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice 
  • 1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes 
  • Pinch of sugar 
  • 1 ¼ lb large peeled and deveined shrimp 
  • ¼ lb feta, crumbled (approx. 1/3 cup) 
  • 2 Tbsp chopped dill  

  • Preheat oven to 375, with rack in the middle 
  • Cook onion and garlic in oil in 4-qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, until softened – about 5 minutes
  • Stir in spices and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped tomatoes with juice and sugar – simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened – about 20 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat 
  • Add shrimp to sauce and stir well 
  • Transfer to oven proof dishes and top with feta 
  • Bake until just cooked through – about 18-20 minutes. 
  • Sprinkled with dill 
  • Serve – Have plenty of bread or naan on hand for sopping up the juice.

Source: Albin, Andrea – “Quick Kitchen.” Gourmet Magazine November 2008; 103.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Who knew that gluten free stuffing could taste good?  Even though the loaf of "bread" we used had the consistency of Styrofoam when we cubbed it, by the time Hilary added in all the other great flavours and it cooked inside the turkey for several hours, it was delicious!

The only down side - it leaves some mysterious residue on the plates that does not come off in the dishwasher! In fact, all the dishwasher does is spread it to all the other dishes, so that you have to re-wash the whole load by hand.  

Roast vegetables

For Thanksgiving this year we roasted all the vegetables, including a whole head of cauliflower.  The brussle sprouts had a nice nutty flavour to them, but the cauliflower ended up browning too quickly, so it was slightly underdone.  I think if we were to do it again we would steam it first to get it partially cooked.  Overall though it had a great flavour.