Although we have been smothered in smoke from the recent fires and covered in fog, the sun has made just enough of an appearance to keep it feeling like summer and when I think of summer food, shrimp comes to mind. It is light, delicious, diverse and easy to prepare.
Today's Round Up: Light and Easy
This is one of my new favorite recipes. I made it a while ago and have since adapted it from my namesake The Barefoot Contessa - Ina Garten. (Those of you who know my maiden name will get that)
Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
* Kosher or Sea salt
* Olive oil
* 3/4 pound (2 Cups) orzo pasta
* 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
* 1 tsp. lemon zest
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1 - 2 lbs. shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 cup minced scallions
* 1/2 cup chopped dill (I often leave this out as Markus doesn't care for dill)
* 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 1 red bell pepper, diced
* 1 cucumber, unpeeled and diced
* 1/2 cup small-diced red onion
* 3/4 pound feta cheese, diced (crumbled is fine too)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Fill a large pot with water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and a splash of oil, and bring the water to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 9 to 11 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it's cooked al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Pour over the hot pasta and stir well.
Meanwhile, place the shrimp on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread out in a single layer. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Don't overcook!
Add the shrimp to the orzo and then add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss well. Add the feta and stir carefully. Set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend, or refrigerate overnight (BEST flavor is achieved this way!) It is fabulous served either cooled or at room temperature.
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