Baked Feta Orzo with Grilled Shrimp

(serves 7)

 

3 Pints Cherry Tomatoes

16 oz. Block of Feta 

¾ Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus 2 Tbsp

1 Tsp. Salt, plus ¼ tsp.

1 Tsp. Pepper, plus ¼ tsp.

⅛ Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

5 Garlic Cloves – Sliced Thin

6 Basil Leaves – Chopped

35 Shrimp – Cleaned and Deveined

1 Lemon – Juiced

1 lb. Orzo

 

Preheat your oven to 400°. Boil water for the orzo.  

In an oven safe baking dish put 3 pints of cherry tomatoes. Add 3/4 of a cup of olive oil, the garlic, a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper to the tomatoes. Mix this well. Nestle the feta into the middle of the tomatoes in the pan. Top with the red pepper flakes and a small drizzle of olive oil.

Put this in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. In the meantime prepare your shrimp. In a bowl combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ¼  teaspoon of salt, ¼  teaspoon of pepper and the juice of 1 lemon. Mix in the shrimp.  Let them marinate for 5 minutes and grill. Cook the orzo and drain. 

When the feta is done,  take it out of the oven and, using a spatula mix the creamy baked feta with the tomatoes. Add the orzo and then the shrimp. Mix in the basil and serve. 

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