Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Episode: Oysters
1 hr 5 min
35 min
30 min
4 servings


  • 1/2 pounds large U-12 shrimp
  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 rib celery with leaves, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon currants
  • 2 tablespoons small capers, rinsed
  • 1 glass dry Marsala wine
  • 1 stalk fennel
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel and de-vein shrimp.

In a 12- to 14-inch earthenware casserole (both stove and oven-resistant), heat olive oil over medium high heat, add onion and celery and cook until soft. Add tomatoes, pine nuts, currants, capers, Marsala, fennel stalk and bay leaf and bring to boil. Remove from heat and place shrimp in one layer into juices. Place in oven and bake uncovered for 6 to 7 minutes. Remove, sprinkle with cheese and allow to stand 15 minutes. Eat warm or allow to cool and serve refrigerated.

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