Shrimp and Polenta Poppers

August 1, 2009

As I said in my previous shrimp post, shrimp is one of the best foods of summer! My boyfriend and I seized the opportunity to make yet another shrimp dish the other night. This time, we created an easy, alternative version of classic shrimp and grits.

We found this delicious organic polenta at Whole Foods. Polenta is basically the italian version of grits. It’s made from corn meal and this brand came pre-cooked in tube form so it was really easy to work with and required virtually no cooking. I loved how easy this polenta was to use. I will definitely use it again!

We sliced the polenta and pan fried it with just a dab of butter (or evoo) so that the outter edges were crispy. The polenta cakes were creamy inside and crispy outside-a perfect contrast!

Our next ingredient was boiled shrimp.

When the shrimp were ready, we topped the polenta with steamed spinach, banana peppers, and the shrimp. We made little polenta poppers! The result was perfectly petite amuse-bouche packed with flavor.

This recipe was inventive, fun, and creative, but was still quick, easy and inexpensive to make. I hope you will try it!

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Lynn (The Actors Diet) August 3, 2009 at 12:49 am

i love those polenta cakes – so easy!!!

Homer August 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm


Alison August 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I love those polenta packages. Makes for an easy meal! It’s fun to stack.

Anne K. August 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

What a great idea! I never would’ve thought of using polenta like that. Cool!

Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

You just inspired me! Polenta can be used in place of toast in most appetizers. Why did I never think of that?!

Allyson August 1, 2009 at 10:41 am

I love shrimp and banana peppers! I’ve made a shrimp and banana pepper pizza in the past and that combination is one of my favorites. These look great!

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