Baked Greek Shrimp With Tomatoes and Feta from NY Times

Extra-virgin olive oil
3 large shallots, diced, about 1 cup
4 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper

  • 2 pounds large ripe tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 ounces Greek feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped mint

 

  1. Put 4 tablespoons olive oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 to 8 minutes. Lower heat as necessary to keep mixture from browning. Remove from heat while preparing tomatoes.
  2. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add whole tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes, until skins loosen. Immediately plunge tomatoes in a bowl of cold water to cool, then drain. With a paring knife, core tomatoes and slip off skins. Cut tomatoes into thick wedges.
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Return skillet to stove over medium-high heat. Add tomato wedges and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until mixture is juicy and tomatoes have softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a shallow earthenware baking dish.
  4. Put shrimp in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, season shrimp with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Arrange shrimp over tomato mixture in one layer. Crumble cheese over surface and sprinkle with oregano.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tomatoes are bubbling and cheese has browned slightly. Remove from oven and let dish rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with mint and serve.

Salsa Verde by Mario

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  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Fennel Fronds
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Chervil
  • 2 tablespoons Capers (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed Red Chile Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Meanwhile, combine all of the Salsa Verde ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until a chunky paste is formed. Check seasoning, adjusting as needed.

Strawberry Mint Mojito

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8-10 mint leaves
8  strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
2 oz white rum
1/2 fresh lime, juiced
10 oz club soda
2 1/4 oz simple syrup

In cocktail shaker muddle the simple syrup, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves until just fragrant.  Combine strawberry mixture rum and club soda with ice and pour in a glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

 

Watermelon Summer Salad

3/4 cup halved, thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 quarts seeded, cubed watermelon
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup pitted black olive halves
1 cup chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

 

1. Place the onion slices in a small bowl with the lime juice. The acid of the lime will mellow the flavor of the raw onion. Let stand for 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives, onions with the lime juice, and mint. Drizzle olive oil over it all, and toss to blend. Dig in and be prepared for a pleasant surprise!

Notes: I used about 1/3 c. red onion, less cheese, did not measure the watermelon used 1/2 of a small bullet melon.  Used about 1/4 c. mint, and a small can of black olives–next time use MORE,