Thursday, March 3, 2011

Greek-Spiced Baked Shrimp: Unusual ingredient combination produces delicious dish

It looked like an unusual combination: Cinnamon, allspice, tomatoes, shrimp and dill.
   And that’s why I immediately wanted to try the recipe for Greek-Spiced Baked Shrimp (click for the recipe) from Gourmet magazine when I saw it a couple of years ago.
   What would those ingredients in the recipe produce?
   Something delicious, as it turned out.
   The cinnamon and allspice give the tomatoes a sensation of earthy warmth, while the shrimp gives it a meaty texture. The crumbled feta cheese on top add a perfect bit of zest.
   Apparently allspice is a staple in Greek cooking, and is often added to dishes with tomatoes and fish. I can see why it’s done – the resulting taste is quite comforting.
   As the recipe introduction suggests, crusty bread is the perfect thing to serve with the dish, as you can use it to sop up the tomato juices.
   Greek-Spiced Baked Shrimp is easy to make.
   Chopped onion and garlic are cooked until softened, then red-pepper flakes, cinnamon, allspice, a can of tomatoes and sugar are added and the mixture is left to simmer for about 20 minutes.
   Large peeled and deveined shrimp is added to the tomato mixture, which is then poured into a baking dish and topped with crumbled feta cheese. After baking in the oven, the dish is sprinkled with fresh dill and served.

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