Grilled Shrimp With Polenta

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

Polenta, an Italian specialty now found on menus from coast to coast, is either served soft or cooled, then sliced and fried or baked. Chef Randy Windham's recipe for soft polenta topped with pesto-marinated grilled shrimp is comfort food elevated to a new level of flavor. For a hearty lunch or simple dinner menu, double the portions and accompany with a green salad, Italian country bread and a dish of oil-cured black olives. Recipe by Chef Randy Windham of the Bistro at Maison de Ville, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. ---To make the pesto---.
  2. In a food processor, purée the basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, salt and cheese until smooth.
  3. With the motor running, add oil in a slow, steady stream.
  4. Pour into a medium bowl, add the shrimp and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. ---To make the polenta---.
  6. In a large, heavy saucepan, stir the water, milk and cornmeal together.
  7. Cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Stir in the butter and cheese.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. ---The Finale---.
  11. Grill the shrimp over medium coals for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  12. Divide the polenta among 4 large flat-rimmed soup dishes.
  13. Place shrimp on top and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and flavored oil.
  14. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chives.
Most Helpful

5 5

Wow! This was so flavorful! We loved the pesto marinade for the shrimp! The polenta was easy to make. The balsamic really gave it a nice flavor. It took me a few additions of the salt and pepper to get it to the right taste for us. Beautiful presentation. Thanks for a great recipe that I will definitely be making again.