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Greek Millet Saganaki With Shrimp

Greek Millet Saganaki With Shrimp 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Dinner in Minutes Jan 18, 2012

As author Maria Speck cites in her cookbook, "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (Ten Speed Press, 2011), the cultivation of millet as a whole grain can be traced as far back as 10,000 years ago. But its versatility and ability to cook quickly puts it squarely in the camp of such modern staples as polenta and couscous.

"Saganaki" refers to the two-handled skillet that Greeks traditionally use to make and serve one-pot dishes.

This recipe calls for ouzo or another anise-flavored liqueur, but if you'd rather omit the alcohol, soak 1 whole star anise in 1/3 cup very hot water for 10 minutes, then add the water and anise to the pot instead of the liqueur. Remember to discard the star anise before serving.


Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • For the millet
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup millet
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • For the saganaki and shrimp
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small serrano or thai bird's-eye chili pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup (about 8) pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound shell-on, uncooked jumbo (u-16) shrimp
  • 28 ounces canned, crushed, no-salt-added tomatoes, plus their juices
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, preferably sheep's milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup ouzo or other anise-flavored liqueur (for substitution, see headnote)
  • Leaves from 6 to 8 stems flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Directions

For the millet: Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the millet, bay leaf and salt; once the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until just about all of the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; let sit, covered, for 5 minutes, then uncover and discard the bay leaf.

While the millet is cooking, prepare the saganaki and shrimp: Finely chop the onion. Stem and seed the pepper, then mince. Crush the garlic. Cut the olives in half crosswise.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, pepper, garlic and salt; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the tomato paste and let it cook for 1 minute, then stir it into the onion mixture.

While that mixture is cooking, run a small serrated knife along the back of each shrimp, splitting it to remove and discard the vein.

Add the tomatoes and their juices; increase the heat to medium-high to bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook (uncovered) for 3 minutes. Stir in the cooked millet and the olives. Remove from the heat.

Stir the feta cheese into the pot; cover so the cheese softens.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Add to the skillet and cook, stirring, for a total of 2 to 3 minutes; the shrimp should turn opaque and pick up a little golden color.

While the shrimp is cooking, mince the parsley.

Reduce the heat to medium; carefully add the ouzo to the shrimp and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring to coat evenly. Remove from the heat.

Divide the saganaki mixture among individual plates; top with equal amounts of the shrimp, then garnish with the parsley. Serve hot.


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Adapted from a recipe in Speck's "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (Ten Speed Press, 2011).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 570


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 200mg 67%

Sodium: 970mg 40%

Total Carbohydrates: 45g 15%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 35g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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