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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi

Happy Saturday morning! We have been having Internet outages this week at our house which has been difficult. Neither Bruce nor I are very patient with that sort of stuff. We are paying for service so we expect it. Anyways, I am finally getting around to posting the recipe for our yummy Sunday dinner. It was Greek Style Shrimp Scampi. I was so hungry on Sunday that I forgot to take pictures so when I ate the leftovers for lunch on Monday I took a few with my blackberry. Unfortunately the pictures don't turn out as good but at least will give you an idea of what the dinner looked like.

Greek Style Shrimp Scampi
1 pound whole wheat angel hair pasta
1 pound medium to large shrimp deveined and peeled, tails removed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced (I buy the stuff in the jar 1 tsp=1clove)
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped and pitted kalamata olives
1 can quartered Artichoke hears
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 stick butter
1 cup feta cheese crumbles
More basil chopped for green on top
Place a large post of water on the stove to boil. Salt water and cook pasta to al dente.

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. While pasta water comes to a boil, heat extra-virgin olive oil in a deep skillet with garlic. When garlic is brown, add shrimp and cook 3-5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, lemon zest, basil, olives, artichoke, butter and wine and cook together a couple of minutes more. Add lemon juice and remove skillet from heat. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water to add to sauce if too thick (I used 1/4 of a cup). Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Let pasta soak in juices for a minute. Toss with more basil and feta. Serve and Enjoy.

I think the leftovers were better because the angel hair pasta picked up more of the flavors but this is really good. You could also add tomatoes, capers, spinach to this for more color and fun.

This meal is one of those meals that can be ready in less then 30 minutes. I think next time I am going to buy frozen shrimp which will mean I have to cook it a little longer but hopefully it should turn out just as good. The olives and feta cheese do make this salty so really watch your salt additions... I hardly ever add salt to dishes when cooking but then wish I had when I am eating it but this didn't need anymore salt.

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Let me know if you make it and what you think of it.

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