Smoked Paprika Shrimp/Poblano Polenta/Red Pepper-Agave Sauce

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by Manami

This vibrantly flavored dish and its sweet smoky heat makes for a wonderful meal! I found this on the web site after seeing part of the recipe in Bon Appetit Magazine, June 2009 edition. Low cal and staff favorite!! ;)

Top Review by hsferg

This is a wonderful recipe. Easy to make and wonderful to eat! The manchego cheese is a little pricey in my area, so I substitute with a queso type cheese when I'm not entertaining guests. I'm so happy to have found this recipe. I was searching for recipes using poblano chilies since I grew them in my garden and had a bumper crop. I stumbled onto this jewel and I'm so glad I did!

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Heat oil in small skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add onion; cook and stir 2 minutes or until softened.
  4. Add agave nectar; cook and stir 1 minute or until onion starts to caramelize.
  5. Place roasted bell peppers, chicken stock, heavy cream, tomato paste and onion mixture in blender or food processor; cover.
  6. Puree until smooth.
  7. Spoon bell pepper mixture into medium saucepan.
  8. Bring to boil on medium heat.
  9. Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  10. Keep warm.
  12. Bring milk and sea salt to simmer in heavy 2-quart saucepan on medium heat; whisking constantly, add polenta in thin stream.
  13. Stirring frequently, cook 10 minute.
  14. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  15. Remove from heat & stir in butter, corn, cheese and chile until well mixed.
  16. Keep warm.
  18. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
  19. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, sea salt and pepper.
  20. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat.
  21. Add shrimp; cook and stir 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
  22. TO SERVE:.
  23. Spoon Poblano Polenta onto each plate.
  24. Drizzle Red Pepper-Agave Sauce around polenta.
  25. Arrange Smoked Paprika Shrimp on sauce.
  26. Sprinkle with green onions.
  27. *To roast the bell peppers and the Poblano chile on a gas stove-top, cook the peppers directly over a medium-high gas flame until blackened on all sides, turning with tongs. Transfer peppers and chile to a paper bag. Close bag. Let stand 15 minutes or until peppers are cool enough to handle. Peel off blackened skin. Remove tops, ribs and seeds.
  28. **To roast the bell peppers and the Poblano chile under the broiler, preheat broiler. Halve and core the peppers. Remove the tops, ribs and seeds. Place the pepper halves on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Broil 5 to 7 minutes or until the skin has blistered and blackened over the entire surface. Transfer to a paper bag. Close bag. Let stand 15 minutes or until peppers are cool enough to handle. Peel off blackened skin.

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