Inflecting the tomato sauce with allspice, cinnamon, feta, and dill lends the dish a whole new kind of exoticism that you're bound to love when craving the spices of South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. I like the allspice element so much that I double the amount that's called for and then offer it over a pile of lightly oiled orzo. Any way you serve it, this is good eating, and the recipe is right this way.
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained, reserving juice, and chopped
Pinch of sugar
1 1/4 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp
1/4 pound feta, crumbled (2/3 cup)
2 tablespoons chopped dill
Accompaniments: crusty bread or steamed white rice; a green salad
- Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
- Cook onion and garlic in oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add chopped tomatoes with juice and sugar and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Season shrimp with 1/8 teaspoon salt, then stir into tomato sauce. Transfer to a 2-quart shallow baking dish and top with feta. Bake until just cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes. Serve sprinkled with dill.
- Main Dishes, Shellfish