Lighter Shrimp and Polenta

Recipe courtesy Bobby Deen
Show: Not My Mama's Meals Episode: Can't Take the South Out of the Man
TOTAL TIME: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dozen large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails on
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quick-cooking polenta
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, for garnish, optional
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Directions

Add the bacon to a nonstick skillet and saute over medium heat until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a plate and set aside. Add the garlic, onions and bell peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, wine, yogurt, hot sauce and salt, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the flavors are blended and the sauce begins to thicken, 6 to 8 minutes. Return the bacon to the skillet. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn bright pink and are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a heavy cast-iron skillet, add your polenta and allow it to toast for about a minute. Add the hot water and slowly whisk the polenta and water together. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Serve the shrimp mixture over the polenta. Sprinkle with the chives if desired.

Cook's Note: If your Canadian bacon doesn't render enough fat to saute your vegetables, add a teaspoon of olive oil.

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  • on April 05, 2014

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    I made this and it lacked flavor. So I made it again using pancetta and fire roasted tomatoes. Much better

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  • on November 12, 2012

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    Made this for the first time it was okay...I could not find polenta so I subs it with fast cooking grits...I agree with some of the other reviews that this dish did not have much flavor...it was still good to eat...I am going to try to cook it again and see maybe the second time will be better...My favorite dish from Bobby Dean is his flank steak tacos with black bean salsa sooo good...it is one of my best dishes I ever made so super easy to made and tons of flavor!!!!!!

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  • on April 09, 2012

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    One of my new favorite dishes. My girlfriend is allergic to shell fish, so I used chicken instead (browned it with the bacon then added it back at the end. It worked just fine. I also added a half cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese to the polenta to flavor it up a bit more. All in all, one of my new go to dishes, quick, easy and oh so tasty.

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