The most labor intensive part of the dish was chopping the onion. It was that easy. I doubled up on the garlic since we like garlic. After I added the canned tomatoes, I simmered it before adding the fresh herbs, shrimp and feta. Then I fiddled with the oven rack trying to fit the skillet handle in with the oven door closed. That may have let, oh, most of the heat out of the oven. The skillet sat in there basically doing nothing for quite a while, and I think the heat loss affected how the dish cooked.
After 15 minutes, the shrimp were cooked and the feta looked nice and toasty, but it had a puddle of what looked like water in the middle. I spooned around the puddle and served it over brown rice, though I think it would be great over soft polenta (to soak up the juices). Although the toasty feta rocked, the flavors weren't as pronounced as I thought they would be. I think it's really due to a couple of mistakes:
1. I didn't cook the tomatoes down enough before adding the shrimp.
2. I messed around when adding the herbs and shrimp, and I think the pan lost some heat, which I made worse by
3. Messing around with the oven racks AFTER I preheated the oven (a duh, I know).
I think this can be a great dish (it was tastier the following day), so I do plan to make it again, but next time I'll add some red pepper flakes or maybe even smoked Spanish paprika for some heat. I'll also reserve some of the fresh herbs to add right before serving, which should brighten the dish. Speaking of brightening the dish, a squeeze of lemon juice would help considerably.
This week's recipe was chosen by Pamela at Cookies with Boys. Love Pamela and love her blog, so I feel bad that I didn't do my best with her pick. Check out what Pamela and the other CEiMB cooks did here. They are MUCH better at following directions than I am. Truly.
If you'd like the recipe, you'll find it here. But I really do recommend you buy the book, The Foods You Crave, by Ellie Krieger. It has a wonderful range of tasty and healthy recipes. CEiMB is a group of bloggers who cook one recipe from Ellie's book each week and then blog about it. It's been a blast, so if you'd like to join us, here's how you do it.