Thursday, February 23, 2006

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

This is another recipe from Everyday Italian. Another tomato based dish. After so many tomato based dishes last week, I suddenly feel sick of this lycopene rich antioxidant fruit. I think I am going to shy away from them for a while.

This is a simple enough dish, but mine turned out a tad too sour. If you are like me, who is not a big fan of tomato, you could use less tomatoes than the recipe called for. or add some sugar. We ate the dish with rice, which was unwise.... I think tomato + pasta remains the unbeatable combination.

Here goes the recipe:

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 teaspoon salt, plus additional as needed
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons
1 medium onion, sliced
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves


Toss the shrimp in a medium bowl with 1 teaspoon of salt and red pepper flakes. Heat the 3 tablespoons oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for about a minute, toss, and continue cooking until just cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a large plate; set aside. Add the onion to the same skillet, adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan, if necessary, and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices to the tomato mixture; toss to coat, and cook for about a minute so the flavors meld together. Stir in the parsley and basil. Season with more salt, to taste, and serve.

4 serving

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