Mediterranean Summer Breeze Shrimp Appetizer

"You and your friend have been Island hopping around the Mediterranean and are now visiting the beautiful Greek Island of Mykonos. You have spent a good part of the day walking around the village, photographing windmills, white-washed houses, people, the shoreline… checking out gift shops…. it was a very hot day! So now in the late afternoon you are sitting at a quaint outdoor café overlooking the bay, watching the sail boats go by…the summer breeze is so nice. In the far distance you can hear the tune of "The Lemon Tree" song. A mouth watering tasty shrimp appetizer with lemon and hot spices is just what you have been craving for. You place your order and then you and your friend start singing; "Lemon tree, very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat…". Enjoy!"
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  • Place cleaned shrimp in a mixing bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, vinegar and toss.
  • Make a spice mixture of; 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, tarragon, 1 tablespoon of oregano; set aside.
  • On individual plates place some chopped up olives, capers, crumbled feta cheese and lemon wedges on the side.
  • Place 3 tablespoons olive oil in a pan, when slightly hot add garlic and chopped tomatoes; Stir for about 30 seconds until garlic smell is released.
  • Add shrimp to pan, sprinkle on top of each shrimp part of the spice mixture; When shrimps starts to turn pink, turn them over (only once) and fry second side; add the balance of spice mixture to the top of the shrimp; put some of the garlic/tomato from the pan on top as well; When shrimp on second side appears pink, sprinkle with a generous amount of dry oregano on each shrimp. Place shrimp on top of chopped olives, capers, feta cheese in individual plates.
  • From the pan scrap up the tomatoes and spices (add 1-2 tablespoons of water to make it moist). Then add on top and on sides of the shrimps.
  • Add some lemon juice to each shrimp and a very tiny amount of ouzo(option).
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Note:

  • b) This recipe was submitted for the RSC#7 contest. I want to thank everyone for their reviews. I have since then modified the recipe to reflect people's comments, for a better recipe!

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  1. Updated review from RSC #7. I prepared the revised version of the recipe, using 1 pound of shrimp, 2 teaspoons of oregano (rubbed to a fine powder)and did not use any salt or ouzo (changes are my personal choice). Much improved Skipper/Sy!!
  2. Chef, you have the makings of a very tasty appetizer. Salt could be reduced to one-half the measure. A more subtle use of cayenne might not be so overpowering; in that the cayenne masked other flavours, and produced a very hot shrimp appetizer. I note that you included tarragon in your list of ingredients, but neglected to instruct us how and when to use this herb in the recipe. Because this is a contest entry, Chef, that omission is taken into account during this review.
  3. Too much cayenne for me. In fact I think that there was too much of the whole spice blend. If I made this again I would half all of the herbs & spices and there would probably be plenty for the shrimp while not overpowering it. With the feta being salty as it is I would probably also omit the salt from the spice blend all together.
  4. This dish was prepared for me by Lois M at our Ontario Zaar Luncheon. OK, this has the potential to be a great recipe. The first bite I had I thought "Wow, this is good" but after about 5 seconds my mouth was on fire!! My hostess said her cayenne wasn't extra hot or anything, but man, this was SPICY! I would cut the cayenne down to 1/4 tsp minimum. Our hostess pointed out that she was not sure where the tarragon should be added, it didn't specify in the recipe. I would also not add any salt at all, as the capers and feta have enough salt for this dish. Bottom line, a little too spicy and a little too salty. Sorry! I will try it again but make the adjustments stated.
  5. I liked the blend of flavors in this recipe, but there is way too much seasoning on the shrimp, I think you could easily half those seasonings, and then it may work better, they way it is now is just overkill.


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