Greek Millet Saganaki with Shrimp and Ouzo
Greek Millet Saganaki with Shrimp and Ouzo might be just the main course you are searching for. This recipe covers 37% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One portion of this dish contains about 37g of protein, 21g of fat, and This recipe is typical of Mediterranean cuisine.
1 To prepare the millet, bring the water, millet, bay leaf, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover, remove the bay leaf, and set aside to cool.
2 Meanwhile, make the saganaki.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it shimmers.
Add the onion, garlic, chile, and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and turns light golden, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens, about 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes with their juices and the pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to maintain a light boil and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes.
3 Stir in the millet and green olives. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust (keeping in mind that olives and feta cheese can be quite salty).
Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle with the feta, and cover to allow the cheese to soften.
4 To prepare the shrimp, season them with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until it shimmers.
Add the shrimp. Cook, undisturbed, until the shrimp turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes, and then flip them with a spatula and cook until they are just opaque throughout, 1 to 2 more minutes, depending on the size.
Add the ouzo and cook until syrupy, about 30 seconds. Using a spatula, briskly remove the shrimp from the pan and arrange on top of the millet.
Sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once.
Reprinted with permission from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals: Mediterranean Whole Grain Recipes for Barley, Farro, Kamut, Polenta, Wheat Berries & More by Maria Speck. Text copyright © 2011 by Maria Speck; photographs copyright © 2011 by Sara Remington. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.Maria Speck grew up in Greece and Germany before moving to the United States as a young adult. She is a writer and journalist, and has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur, and Gastronomica, as well as Marie Claire and Elle. Her popular cooking classes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, focus on the flavors and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and on creating innovative and delicious meals with whole grains.