Irini Tzortzoglou’s king prawns, peppers, ouzo and feta

King prawns, peppers, ouzo and feta: an instant taste of Greece in every bite. Close your eyes and you could almost be on holiday…

king prawns, peppers, ouzo and feta
David Loftus

SERVES 4 AS A LIGHT LUNCH, WITH A FEW GREEN LEAVES

18 peeled and cleaned raw king prawns
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 spring onions, chopped
2 peppers (1 red, 1 green), deseeded and chopped into small dice
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
5 medium tomatoes (I prefer to buy them on the vine), skinned, deseeded and chopped
1 tsp caster sugar
a pinch of dried oregano
50ml ouzo
250g feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1. Season the prawns with salt and pepper, and put to one side.

2. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a sauté pan, then add the onion and cook for a minute or two over a medium heat. Add the garlic, spring onions, peppers and as much chilli as you wish, then cook for a couple of minutes more. Add the tomatoes, season, then add the sugar and dried oregano. Cover the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, heat another couple of tablespoons of oil in a separate frying pan and cook the prawns for a minute on each side. Pour over the ouzo and continue cooking for a minute or so to evaporate the alcohol.

4. Transfer the prawns to the sauté pan, sprinkle over the feta, then cover the pan and continue cooking for  another 5 minutes – don’t overcook the prawns.

5, Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of oil and the chopped parsley, and serve.

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