Get ready for a nice and typically summer dish: Prawn Kritharoto! Kritharoto is very popular in Greece. This combination with prawns is a modern recipe inspired by traditional ones. It reminds one of the Italian risotto.
For this dish I use the crocus of Kozani, the perfect Greek quality saffron. It’s also called the gold of the Greek earth. Kozani is a city in the north of Greece, in which the surrounding region produces some of the worlds finest saffron. If you are not lucky enough to be in Greece and have the real crocus of Kozani, you can replace it with another type of saffron.
Another important ingredient for the Prawn Kritharoto is orzo – the rice shaped pasta. It looks a bit like barley. Orzo actually means barley in Italian. The Greek translation of barley / orzo is Krithari and so we come closer to explaining the name of this summer dish. When preparing the orzo, it takes the texture and color of the stock you have prepared.
Prawn Kritharoto and white wine
Prawn Kritharoto combines well with a cold fresh white wine, but be in for a pleasant surprise if you dare to combine it with a red wine. Just recently we opened a Grande Cuvee from Nemea, a dry red wine bottled by Domain Skouras. It turned out to be a perfect companion for the Prawns Kritharoto.
As for the prawns, buy them fresh if you have the opportunity! Make a beautiful stock with the saffron, heads and shells of the prawns, garlic and bay leaves.
The orzo will get the texture and the color of the stock.
Sprinkle the Prawn Kritharoto with parsley and serve it in a beautiful bowl on a hot summer night!