February 28, 2016

Italian Skillet Shrimp Bake

This Italian Skillet Shrimp Bake is a one dish comfort food feast for four.
Large tail on shrimp are arranged on top of a simmering, flavor packed tomato sauce then topped with feta or mozzarella cheese and seasoned lemon breadcrumbs before being baked to a golden brown.
Serve with crusty sliced bread for dipping and dig in!

As many of you know I love to cook in my cast iron skillet. So when I signed up for this year's 
Healthy Solutions Spice Blends 2016 Recipe Challenge
I knew I wanted to enter a dish baked in my well loved skillet.
I chose the Shrimp Scampi seasoning from the 16 varieties available from Healthy Solutions.
I decided to recreate a dish I made years ago after seeing a version by the Barefoot Contessa on TV.
My original dish included melted mozzarella cheese and lots of hearty tomato sauce and crispy topping. This version was just as delish, just mixed up a bit with feta cheese and garlicky Shrimp Scampi seasoning. 

Ingredients:

Makes 4 servings
  • 1 tbsp Healthy Solutions Shrimp Scampi Spice Blend
  • 1 lb large shrimp {about 20}, peeled but tails on
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled {or use cubed mozzarella}
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped for garnish
  • crusty sliced bread, for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large over proof skillet {I like cast iron} over medium heat, add a swirl of olive oil {about 1 tbsp} and saute onions until softened.
  3. Add garlic and stir and cook another minute.
  4. Add wine and bring to a boil, stirring until liquid has reduced by half.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and Healthy Solutions Shrimp Scampi Seasoning Blend.
  6. Turn heat down to med low and bring to a simmer.
  7. Arrange shrimp in a circle in the skillet on top of the sauce, with the tails up.
  8. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the shrimp and sauce.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, lemon zest and 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle evenly over shrimp and cheese.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes until shrimp are cooked and topping is golden.
  12. Garnish with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
  13. Scoop onto plates and serve with sliced French bread for dipping. 
For this recipe I chose to use my favorite large cast iron skillet.
However, any large oven proof skillet would work.
In a large over proof skillet over medium heat, 
add a swirl of olive oil and saute diced onions until softened.
Add garlic, stir, and cook another minute.
Add wine and bring to a boil, stirring until liquid has reduced by half.
Stir in crushed tomatoes.
 Then stir in 1 tbsp Healthy Solutions Shrimp Scampi Seasoning Blend.
Turn heat down to med low and bring to a simmer.
I like the Shrimp Scampi seasoning, with the flavors of garlic and butter, 
for this rich Italian inspired dish.
I used peeled, tails on large shrimp for this recipe.
Be sure to clean and devein them before adding to the skillet.
Arrange shrimp in a circle in the skillet on top of the sauce, with the tails up.
Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the shrimp and sauce.
I have also used cubed mozzarella cheese instead.
In a small bowl, mix together breadcrumbs, lemon zest and 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Sprinkle evenly over shrimp and cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
The shrimp should be cooked through and the topping golden brown.
Garnish with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
Toasted French or Italian bread is great for dipping in the sauce.
I slice and stuff mine with cheese and garlic then bake until crunchy.
Scoop onto plates and serve with sliced French bread for dipping.

View my recipe video here:


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1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! I know my husband would love it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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