Shrimp and Polenta

BEST Shrimp and Polenta

BEST Shrimp and Polenta

So, my Aunt Suzanne came over with a recipe she calls shrimp and grits, but Polenta! She experimented earlier in the week and told me she made the very best dish ever!! She said a little bit of Cajun, a little bit of Italian, and a little bit of Spanish! Of course I was like absolutely let’s make it! And let me tell you…this is a WINNER! You must try this recipe, and if you’ve never had polenta before you are in for a treat! This polenta is super creamy with jalapeño jack and cheddar cheese and heavy cream…similar to how you would make grits! But in my opinion so much better. The pan sauce is one of the nicest combinations of flavors I’ve had! I felt like we were eating at a five star restaurant! Thank you Aunt Suzanne and let’s MAKE IT!

 Shrimp and Polenta

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Shrimp & Polenta 🌶️🫑🔥 1 cup of Polenta 2 cups of water 1 cup of chicken stock 3 tbsp. of 🧈 4 oz. shredded jalapeño jack cheese 4 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup of heavy cream cracked black pepper and salt to taste Shrimp & Pan Sauce: shrimp deveined 6 tbsp. of 🧈 divided 1/2 lemon 1 tsp. of cajun seasoning, 1/4 cup of chopped Poblano 🫑 1/2 tbsp.Tony’s Creole, shallot, 🧄, tarragon, 1/2 cup 🐔 stock, & cream, 2 tbps 🧈 coated in flour, 🧂 & pepper #shrimp #polenta #shrimpandgrits

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Tips & Tricks:

For Making Polenta:

  • Bring the liquid to a boil and add polenta a little at time in intervals whisking continuously. The trick is stay  near the stove and whisk whisk whisk while slowly adding the polenta.

  • Once all of the polenta is added into the liquid, turn the heat to medium low and continue whisking. You will notice the mixture thickening as you whisk.

  • Once you notice it’s thickening after a couple minutes of whisking at medium low, cover the pot and let it set for 5 minutes or so at a low temperature or off.

  • Check the polenta after 5 minutes, if it’s nice and thick begin adding the cheeses and cream and spices to flavor!

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Shrimp and Polenta

BEST Shrimp & Polenta

 

Ingredients:

  • Polenta:

    • 1 cup of Polenta (I used Bob’s Red Mill Yellow Corn Polenta)

    • 2 cups of water

    • 1 cup of chicken stock

    • 3 tbsp. of butter

    • 4 oz. shredded jalapeño jack cheese

    • 4 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese

    • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

    • cracked black pepper and salt to taste

  • Shrimp & Pan Sauce:

    • 1& 1/2 – 2 lbs. of large or jumbo shrimp deveined

    • 6 tbsp. of butter divided

    • 1/2 lemon

    • 1 tsp. of cajun seasoning (I used Tony’s Creole seasoning)

    • 1/4 cup of chopped Poblano Pepper

    • 1/2 tbsp. of cajun or Tony’s Creole or Cajun seasoning

    • 1 small shallot chopped

    • 3 cloves of chopped garlic

    • 3 leaves of tarragon chopped

    • 1/2 cup of chicken stock

    • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

    • 2 tbsp. of butter coated in all purpose flour

    • salt & pepper if needed

    • Garnish: chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

 

How To:

  • First bring the shrimp to room temperature and pat dry. Squeeze half a lemon over the shrimp and sprinkle with a little salt and cracked black pepper about 1/2 tsp of each and let it marinate a few minutes before cooking.

  • Then, start the Polenta. Bring the water & chicken stock to boil. Slowly add polenta and whisk nonstop while adding. Do not add all at one time. Then, lower the heat to medium low and continue whisking until you see it’s thickened.

  • Next, cover with a lid and let it sit for 10-15 minutes with the heat tuned off.

  • Before serving add the cheeses, heavy cream, and butter, and salt and pepper. Mix it in and then it’s ready to go.

  • For the Shrimp, sauté in 3 tbsp. of butter until its cooked through at medium high heat. Move the pan of shrimp off the heat ice the shrimp is pink and cooked through.

  • In a new pan begin the pan sauce. Add 3 tbsp. of butter to a pan at medium heat. Then sauté the poblano pepper and shallot and sauté until softened. Then, add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Once it’s fragrant add the fresh tarragon and cajun seasoning. Sauté another 2-3 minutes.

  • Once the veggies and seasoning are golden and fragrant, add the chicken stock and 2 tbsp. of butter coated in all purpose flour. Mix continuously until well incorporated and it starts to thicken.

  • Then, lower the heat to medium low and add the 1/2 cup of heavy cream and mix until incorporated. Add the shrimp and all of the juices from the pan into the sauce. Let the shrimp and pan sauce simmer at a low heat until it incorporates and becomes a sauce about 5 minutes or so.

  • In a family size bowl add the Polenta and serve the shrimp over the Polenta and garnish with fresh parsley.

  • Enjoy this special treat with the ones you love! Make it!