Santorini Fava with Shrimps


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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Today 73 years ago Italy gave to Greece an ultimatum asking for unconditional surrender. The, back then, Prime Minister of Greece John Metaxas (a dictator nonetheless) responded “NO” and with this little word my country has entered the 2nd World War.
Greeks fought against the Italian Phashism with great courage and braveness. In fact not only did we manage to push them back, but also we managed to regain territories that were lost many years ago. And then Germany came to their rescue and the war became unequal. But still Greeks f0ught with every power in their hands and managed to hold for quite some time. Later on, Hitler put the blame on Mussolini’s incompetence to Greece for his own subsequent catastrophe.
Winston Churchill the Prime Minister of UK back then said: “Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks!”

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Greece was under German occupation from April 1941 till October 1944. Over 300,000 civilians died in Athens alone from starvation, tens of thousands more died because of reprisals by Nazis and collaborators, and the country’s economy was ruined.
Greece is the only country that celebrates not the end of war but its beginning. Οctober 28th is a National Holiday. Students from many schools, including my son, parade in Athens and the other big cities of the country. In Thessaloniki the co-capital a huge military parade takes place in front of the President.
To celebrate I made these delicious Shrimps with Fava. I made them three months ago as a guest post for Uru’s blog Go Bake Yourself, but they were so good that I made them again this weekend.

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Santorini is very famous for its black sand beaches, its sunset, which is one of the most beautiful and romantic in the world and its picturesque scenery. Another two things Santorini produces and they are unique are its fava and its wines. Because of its volcanic soil these produce have an extraordinary and particular taste. Fava Santorinis should not be confused with fava beans. This one is dried, husked and crushed cotyledons of the plant Lathyrus clymenum (“pea” plant), yellowish in color, shaped like flattened disks, approximately 2 mm in diameter. They have unique high protein and significant carbohydrate content.
Fava Santorinis here in Greece is eaten either alone or with chopped onion and olive oil. I thought of marrying the somewhat plain fava puree with the bursting flavors of shrimps. I cooked them with onions, peppers and sweet wine and let me tell you, it was a big hit among my family.

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Santorini Fava with Shrimps

Ingredients
For the Fava Santorinis
2 cups Fava
9 cups water
1 onion
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper

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For the Shrimps
400 gr. / 14 oz. shrimps
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 red bell peppers (I used Florina peppers which are sweet), sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tomato, mushed to become puree
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper
½ cup sweet wine
3 tbsp olive oil

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Instructions
For the Fava Santorinis
In a deep pot place the fava along with the water, the whole onion, whole garlic clove, salt and pepper in medium/high heat and bring to boil.
When it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium/low and simmer until the fava becomes mushy with crumbles.
Remove from fire and either in the multi or with a hand mixer mush it and make it a puree.

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For the Shrimps
While the fava is cooked let us make the shrimps.
In a pan in medium heat add the 3 tbsp of olive oil.
Add the onions and peppers and sauté for 4 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium low and let the onions and peppers caramelize.
This should take about 20 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium high and add the garlic sauté for a minute and then pour the wine.
Sauté until it remains half of the quantity of the wine and then pour the tomato, the herbs, sugar, salt and pepper and shrimps.
Cook for 5 minutes and then remove from fire.

Serve the fava and above it the shrimps pouring on top some of the sauce.

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5.0 from 6 reviews
Santorini Fava with Shrimps
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Fava Santorinis
  • 2 cups Fava
  • 9 cups water
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper
For the Shrimps
  • 400 gr. / 14 oz. shrimps
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers (I used Florina peppers which are sweet), sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tomato, mushed to become puree
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup sweet wine
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Fava Santorinis
  1. In a deep pot place the fava along with the water, the whole onion, whole garlic clove, salt and pepper in medium/high heat and bring to boil.
  2. When it starts to boil, reduce heat to medium/low and simmer until the fava becomes mushy with crumbles.
  3. Remove from fire and either in the multi or with a hand mixer mush it and make it a puree.
For the Shrimps
  1. While the fava is cooked let us make the shrimps.
  2. In a pan in medium heat add the 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  3. Add the onions and peppers and sauté for 4 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium low and let the onions and peppers caramelize.
  5. This should take about 20 minutes.
  6. Increase the heat to medium high and add the garlic sauté for a minute and then pour the wine.
  7. Sauté until it remains half of the quantity of the wine and then pour the tomato, the herbs, sugar, salt and pepper and shrimps.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes and then remove from fire.
  9. Serve the fava and above it the shrimps pouring on top some of the sauce.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Φάβα Παντρεμένη Με Γαρίδες
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για την Φάβα Σαντορίνης
  • 2 φλ. φάβα
  • 9 φλ. νερό
  • 1 κρεμμύδι
  • 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
Για τις Γαρίδες
  • 400 γρ. γαρίδες
  • 1 πράσινη πιπεριά, κομμένη σε φέτες
  • 2 κόκκινες πιπεριές (χρησιμοποίησα πιπεριά Φλωρίνης), κομμένη σε φέτες
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, κομμένο σε φέτες
  • 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο, τριμμένο
  • 1 ντομάτα, τριμμένη
  • 1 κ.σ. ζάχαρη
  • 1 κ.γ. ρίγανη
  • 1 κ.γ. βασιλικό
  • ½ κ.γ. θυμάρι
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • ½ φλ. γλυκό κρασί
  • 3 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για την Φάβα Σαντορίνης
  1. Σε μία κατσαρόλα βάλτε τη φάβα μαζί με το νερό, το ολόκληρο κρεμμύδι, τη σκελίδα σκόρδο, το αλάτι και το πιπέρι σε μέτρια/υψηλή θερμότητα και βάλτε τα να βράσουν.
  2. Όταν αρχίσει να βράζει, μειώστε τη θερμοκρασία στο μέτριο και σιγοβράστε μέχρι η φάβα να μαλακώσει και να χυλώσει.
  3. Βγάλτε από τη φωτιά και είτε στο μπλέντερ ή με ράβδο, κάντε τη πουρέ.
Για τις Γαρίδες
  1. Όσο μαγειρεύεται η φάβα κάντε τις γαρίδες.
  2. Σε ένα τηγάνι σε μέτρια φωτιά, προσθέστε τις 3 κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο.
  3. Προσθέστε τα κρεμμύδια και τις πιπεριές και σωτάρετε για 4 λεπτά.
  4. Μειώστε τη θερμότητα σε μεσαία, χαμηλή και αφήστε τα κρεμμύδια και τις πιπεριές να καραμελώσουν.
  5. Αυτό θα πρέπει να πάρει περίπου 20 λεπτά.
  6. Δυναμώστε τη φωτιά σε μεσαία υψηλή και προσθέστε το σκόρδο.
  7. Σωτάρετε για ένα λεπτό και στη συνέχεια ρίξτε το κρασί.
  8. Σωτάρετε μέχρι να μείνει η μισή ποσότητα του κρασιού και στη συνέχεια ρίξτε την ντομάτα, τα μυρωδικά, τη ζάχαρη, το αλάτι και το πιπέρι και τις γαρίδες.
  9. Μαγειρέψτε για 5 λεπτά και στη συνέχεια αποσύρετε από τη φωτιά.
  10. Βάλτε σε ένα πιάτο τη φάβα και πάνω από αυτή τις γαρίδες και λίγη από τη σάλτσα.

47 Responses to Santorini Fava with Shrimps

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  1. Lisa says:

    This looks both beautiful and delicious! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/11/try-new-recipe-tuesday-november-19.html

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    We just love Shrimp and this recipe looks delicious! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Your presentation is wonderful, not to mention how delicious the shrimp and fava looks! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  7. Mary Ellen says:

    This looks yummy and I love Greek food. Thanks for sharing at Talking Tuesday.

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  9. These look fantastic!

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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  11. Diane Balch says:

    I have never really cooked with Fava. I am very curious… this recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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  13. Britni says:

    I love the little pans that they are photographed in, where did you get those?

    Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  15. Utterly delicious, Katerina. I remember eating a fava dish on Paros that looked very similar, and I wondered about the fava, as it was not at all what I expected from what I know of here as fava. The shrimp on top looks wonderful.

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  17. TaMara says:

    I love shrimp, and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday.

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  19. thanks for spending so much time telling us tales of greek and traditions. love this delicious spread, Katerina :)

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  21. Xara says:

    Hi Katerina, what a deliciously colourful dish!!! Nicely paired with shrimp, I should add..yumm.. Wish you a great week :)

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  23. Pam says:

    Katerina, thanks for the little history lesson! It was interesting to read, but sad about all the casualties. Churchill’s quote is very apt! Your shrimp dish looks and sounds delicious~

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  25. Amy Tong says:

    This is such a colorful and beautiful dish. I love all the ingredients in it. :) My kids love shrimps. Can’t wait to try this out. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  27. Beth says:

    The number of lives lost due to the Second World War is just shocking. I didn’t know much about Greece’s participation in the war – what a tragedy about all the deaths from starvation. Thank you for the history lesson.
    And I hope to visit Santorini someday – you’ve created a beautiful dish.

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  29. I’m going to have to look for the favas…this sounds like a delicious dish.

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  31. rosita says:

    Maravillosa comida sabrosa y una gran realización amiga querida,abrazos.

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  33. I always love coming to visit your site as I always love learning about a new fantastic recipe like your shrimps and mashed fava beans. I would have never thought to do that-great idea. However, I also love the mini lessons in history. Have a super weekend. BAM

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  35. It is fascinating reading the history of Greece, not many people are aware of it. I always show my boys your posts, they love reading, thanks so much for all the information.
    Now, this dish looks so good, yummy. Fava beans are so hearty and full of flavor.

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  37. Kathy says:

    Such a healthy and delicious looking dish! I just love shrimp!

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  39. Asmita says:

    Beautiful dish as always!

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  41. Liz says:

    What a gorgeous, healthy dish!!! It sounds wonderful!!

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  43. Julie says:

    What delicious looking shrimp. Love the color of your cookware.

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  45. gloria says:

    look really delicious!

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  47. Nadji says:

    Un plat plein de saveurs et comme d’habitude, une histoire très intéressante. J’aime beaucoup.
    A bientôt

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  49. The shrimps look so juicy and delectable!

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  51. a quiet life says:

    really enjoyed your history lesson, thank you for teaching us as you share such a gorgeous meal!

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  53. rebecca says:

    looks delicious and what interesting history I only really learnt the british part great to know your countries story

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  55. Joanne says:

    I had no idea about any of this history! But hopefully that won’t preclude me from enjoying this meal! So many great flavors.

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  57. Εξαιρετική προσέγγιση και άψογο αποτέλεσμα!!!
    Για τις φωτογραφίες να μη μιλήσω, μιλάνε από μόνες τους 😉
    Μπράβο Κατερίνα!!!!!!!!!!!
    Πολλά φιλιά

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  59. I think not many people are familiar with Greece’s role in this war. I have been to Santorini, just gorgeous! And so is this dish.

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  61. I always love your step by step pictorial and gosh….
    the plating is so fancy!
    Capturing mashed fava is not that easy, salute for you!

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  63. Louise says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your country’s history, Katerina. It’s fascinating to read about how Greece over came such adversity.

    I have never heard of this type of Fava. I can only imagine how delicious the combination of flavor the Shrimp and Fava must bring.

    Thank you again for sharing…

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  65. Never tried this variety of fava but I am sure I would love these coz I love all sorts of legumes/lentils/beans, etc. Paired with shrimps, this sounds very delicious :)

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  67. Barbara says:

    Interesting post, Katerina. I had never heard of Santorini fava; they look a bit like split peas. Beautifully seasoned dish and I bet those shrimp would be wonderful over polenta.

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  69. This looks wonderful, yummy combination of fava with shrimps.

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  71. cquek says:

    That just makes me smile . Yum! These look delicious!

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  73. Debra says:

    I have lived on Santorini since February 1993. I have never “married” my Fava like this, YUM! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  75. Εξαιρετικό πάντρεμα!
    Οι γαρίδες πρέπει να είναι φανταστικές μαγειρεμένες έτσι.
    Φιλιά!

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  77. Λίλα says:

    Δεν έχω καλύτερο από όσπρια και θαλασσινά, η φάβα δε μαζί με τα ρεβύθια είναι από τα πιο αγαπημένα είδη!!!! Ζωγραφική σκέτη!!!

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  79. magda says:

    Το πιάτο σου φαίνεται καταπληκτικό!! Πολλά μπράβο!!

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  81. What a delicious looking bean mash!

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  83. Sissi says:

    Katerina, I couldn’t decide which I preferred: reading your history lesson (fascinating as usually) or devouring your beautiful dish with my eyes…

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  85. I love those meaty shrimps! They go so well with pureed fava beans.

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  87. grace says:

    that puree sounds positively fantastic, and what a great match for the shrimp! this is lovely!

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  89. Always learn something new about Greek (food) culture and history from you, and it’s wonderful dose of education for my age (obviously my brain is giving up to “learn” new things!). I really enjoy reading your posts. This sounds delicious and I don’t know other ways to eat fava beans but boiling it, so it was fun to learn new way. And I just love your colorful pans! Perfect food props!

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  91. Ξανθή says:

    Τι υπέροχο πιάτο κατερίνα!!

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  93. Kate says:

    This is one of the heartiest looking shrimp dishes I’ve ever seen.

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