Ooooh, this is sooooo lovely that I cooked it twice in one week before blogging it – the cooking smells the first time around demanded immediate indulgence so no photographs were taken before we sat down… so I had to cook it again – shame!!!! It smells amazing and tastes even better! Greek in origin, this is a brilliant starter or supper that tastes like it belongs in a gorgeous summer holiday – you can practically feel the Mediterranean sun, smell the lavender carried on the breeze and hear the sea gently lapping on the shore. It’s quick to knock up and is definitely so much greater than simply the sum of its parts.
Serves 4 as a main meal and 6 as a starter
What you need…
A good splash of rapeseed oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Pinch of chilli powder
1 star anise
6 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
800g raw king prawns
A small handful of parsley, roughly chopped
What to do…
Heat the oil over a moderate heat in a frying pan. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes until soft but not brown. Stir in the chilli and the star anise, then add in the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
Next, add in the prawns and cook for a few minutes until they are pink, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking throughout. Remove the star anise.
Crumble over the feta and scatter the parsley on top. Serve immediately with a nice chunky doorstep of good, fresh bread – just yummy!
I just love this dish but if you wanted to be a little more authentic, replace the rapeseed oil for olive oil and the star anise for 3 tablespoons of ouzo. If you choose to do the latter, you’ll need to cook it off for a bit before adding the tomatoes to dispel the alcohol and reduce the liquid. However, star anise worked really, really well (weirdly, I didn’t have any ouzo in the house!)
The Traveller’s Table
Soooooo happy that I happened upon this ridiculously easy recipe!