Shrimp-and-Feta Stew

Food & Wine
Shrimp and feta cheese may seem an unlikely combination, but this stew is actually a traditional Greek dish--and a delicious one. The shrimp simmer briefly in wine with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and oregano, and the cheese goes in at the last moment so that it just barely melts.
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Ingredients

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1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups diced tomatoes with their liquid (two 14 1/2-ounce cans)
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 pounds large shrimp, shelled
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 pound feta cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preparation

1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds longer.

2. Raise the heat to moderate and add the tomatoes with their liquid, the wine, oregano, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook over moderate heat, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

3. Add the shrimp and pepper and bring back to a simmer. Simmer, covered, until the shrimp are just done, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cheese and 3 tablespoons of the parsley. Serve topped with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.

Wine Recommendation: An acidic, assertive wine such as sauvignon blanc is a natural with the feta and shrimp. Look for a bottle from New Zealand or from California.

Created date

June 2004