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Spiced Shrimp with Polenta




SPICED SHRIMP and CREAMY POLENTA
Maggiano's Little Italy Recipe

Serves 4

Spiced Shrimp:
1 lb. shrimp, shelled & deveined
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup red & yellow bell peppers, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup white wine
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup tomato puree
1 tablespoon chives, chopped

Creamy Polenta:
1 cup polenta, instant
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup half & half cream
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Polenta: In a large sauce pan, bring the chicken stock and half & half to a simmer. Turn heat to low and slowly stir in the polenta. Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, stirring often with a wire whisk to prevent lumps. When the mixture is creamy, turn off heat and stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.


Shrimp: Marinate shrimp with paprika and a pinch of salt & pepper. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the shrimp to pan and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside. Add red and yellow bell peppers and saute for 2 minutes. Add red chili flakes and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the  white wine and reduce by 2/3. Add the heavy cream and tomato puree. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cooked shrimp. Pour the shrimp mixture over the polenta and garnish with chopped chives.


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