Shrimp Saganaki

The food in Greece is to die for. All of it! I could easily rattle off a long list of things you have to try if you visit, but today is only about one dish. My favorite dish.

Shrimp Saganaki was the very first thing I ordered in Greece. I loved it so much I ordered it EVERY day for the rest of the trip. As soon as I got home I had to try making it myself. It’s that good. I played around with a few more complicated recipes until I had a quick and easy version down. If you’re waiting for a new dinner to add in your mix, give this one a go. You won’t regret it. 1 First things first. Open a bottle of white wine. You’ll need 2 glasses. 1 for the dish and 1 for the cook!:)2You’ll also need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (toss in some regular tomatoes if you want)
  • 3/4 cup of wine
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)
  • Shrimp (I used 30 for 2 eaters and had some left overs)
  • Feta

4Chop up the onion and the garlic.5Toss it in a pan with a little olive oil and heat on medium-low until the onions soften up. 6Add in the drained diced tomatoes and heat for a couple minutes. Stir. Add in that glass of wine you poured and heat for another couple of minutes. Stir. Toss in red chili flakes (use as much or as little as your mouth can handle).7Add in some oregano. Again, as much or as little as you like.8Turn up the heat to medium-high, give it a stir, and let it simmer another 5 minutes. At this point whoever is home will probably make their way into the kitchen and demand a taste of that garlicky goodness. But don’t let them in there. Play defense. Offer them some olives instead. You’re not done yet! 3Add in the feta block, put the cover over the pan, and let it simmer for another couple minutes. That’s it! You’re done. I told you it was easy!9Now it’s time to finish up that glass of wine for all your hard work. Yiamas! To your health!11And enjoy your dinner! 1

This is one of those recipes that you can’t really screw up if you vary the ingredients a little, so get creative and make it your own.

*This recipe is a simplified combo of the following: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/shrimp-saganaki http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/shrimp-saganaki-recipe.html#!

Santorini, Greece

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townIf you’re looking for fantastic food, amazing views, and friendly inhabitants, Greece is about as good as it gets!

After 12 hours of travel, our driver picked us up and zipped us around the Santorini cliff side. Everywhere I looked was a picture perfect moment. I dug through my bag to pull out my camera and realized I had left it at home. Boohoo.

So let me apologize in advance for the iphone photos below as they don’t do this lovely island any justice. Not one bit. grape-vineFirst on our itinerary was the Santorini wine tour. The wine in Greece may not compare to those of France and Italy, but the tour was fun and took us to lots of interesting spots around the island.wines The island is known for their dessert wine, Vinsanto. It’s sweet and strong. Try it and bring home a bottle for someone you love. The mid-day sun burns hot on this island, so head down to the cellar and cool off.

wineryjmAnd when you’re good and tipsy, they will drop you off so you can get on with your day. The island is full of vibrant bougainvillea…

Bouganvillea-everywhereAnd mysterious stairs that lead to…

santorini-stairseven more beautiful vistas and…

sunsetall the pretty blue domed churches your heart can desire!

santorini-churchesWhen you get tired of all of the prettiness, and all you want is some adventure. You can find someone strong to carry you down the cliff side.donkeyThis guy will do.

donkey2 And just when the crowds become too unbearable…

donkeys4You’ll get to the bottom and see the pirate ship you’re about to board!

boatYou’ll sail around the Aegean sea, drink wine, dance, sing, and shout opa! Jump in and swim to a hot springs that will add 10 years to your life. And finally, when you’re  fully waterlogged and just a little sea sick, set foot on land to hike a volcano.

volcanoAnd when you make it to the top, you can celebrate with the most breathtaking sunset.

sunsetSantorini is truly one of a kind and a must see island if you are touring the Greek Isles! Put it on your bucket list.

*Hotel – http://www.andromeda-santorini.com/ We stayed in Hotel Andromeda, however if I did it again I think I’d stay closer to the town of Oia (pronounced ee-uh).

*Wine tour – http://www.santoriniwinetour.com/

Happy travels!

-Jenny