Smoky Shrimp and Parmesan-Polenta Cakes

  • jenng315 Posted: 02/12/09
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    I thought this was fantastic! My husband and I made it for "date night" and it was winner. I did the polenta a little different though. Ths first time I did it as listed but the second time I pan fried it until it had a nice crust on top and bottom then topped with maranara and served. I liked that better.

  • JillyBurke Posted: 03/14/09
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    This was nothing special. Somehow the marinara from the jar made it less appealing, but maybe it was the brand I used, Classico. Perhaps a better product would make the difference.

  • haileej88 Posted: 06/22/09
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    I found the combination of the two flavors conflicting. The polenta with marinara sauce seemed like it would have been paired better with a chicken and side salad. The shrimp would have been good over a bed of steamed wild rice but the two of them together seemed odd to me. Like another person said there was a lot of leftover sauce at the end which made the shrimp soupy. Perhaps adding a small amount of cornstarch would thicken it up and make it perfect over rice. I also found the polenta to be bland (and we even picked the parmesan/garlic). My husband and I looked at each other at the end of the meal and shrugged like "well, now whats for dinner?"

  • Kkay68 Posted: 01/08/09
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    I have not tried this recipe yet, but I do have a suggestion on the polenta. I've always made my own polenta (it's really easy) so I don't know much about the tube stuff. But polenta can be fairly bland if nothing is added. I normally add chicken broth to mine when I cook it for a bit of extra taste. I will make my own for this recipe, pour it into a pan, chill and then cut into squares or rounds and then take each piece and brown both sides in some olive oil. It adds a really nice flavor and I think that might be a nice touch for this dish. I will come back after I try it and let everyone know. Happy cooking!

  • Chesterscraps Posted: 01/02/09
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    I too thought this was perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. However, next time I would make my own polenta. Although handy, I find that the premade polenta rolls bland.

  • Akasha Posted: 10/13/09
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    Reading the prior reviews, I omitted the marinara sauce altogether...and it was fantastic! I used smoky sweet pepper seasoning blend by McCormick, added some cayenne and chili spice and more olive oil to increase the sauce. I fried the polenta cakes until browned and then broiled them with parmesan until darkened. I served the mesclin mix on the side with white balsamic and olive oil with pepper vinaigrette. The meal was great, worthy of a last minute company meal.

  • Akasha- Posted: 10/13/09
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    Oh! I forgot to mention...I also increased the white wine to make the sauce all the better...It was just soooo good. And then sprinkled with fresh chives and parsley...what a looker! Again, worthy of a company meal indeed.

  • JohannaSpletz Posted: 01/27/10
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    This recipe did not work for me. The flavors did not seem to combine. I made my Polenta ahead and let it firm up, then cut it into slices. Perhaps I cut it too thick, because the Polenta did not get warmed through when it was broiled...cold. Perhaps my white wine was not dry enough or the paprika not smoky enough. It was a disapointment to me and my husband and will not try it again.

  • empressverona Posted: 04/15/12
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    Very easy to make and definitely will do again. Think it is versatile enough to replace the shrimp with something else; chicken or sausage or even eggplant or some other vegetable for non-meat eaters. I also think it would be easy to modify to make smaller cakes and serve as an elegant appetizer at a get together.

  • wonderwab Posted: 02/13/14
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    I really liked this whole recipe, my husband thought the polenta was 'weird'. We both agreed this same recipe changed to be over some pasta, with a little more marinara, would be a home-run

  • iamjenny Posted: 12/20/13
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    This recipe was delicious, will definitely make it again.

  • Gaylee Posted: 12/22/13
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    This is delicious! You don't need to use a pre-made tube of polenta. Make home made polenta in a saucepan and serve the shrimp on the side. It's also OK to use frozen shrimp in the shell. A little messy to eat but definitely good. I didn't have any marinara so I just put a tiny dollop of tomato paste on the polenta. Had to substitute green onion for the chive. I didn't bother stacking and broiling. Also ran out of parm cheese which went into the polenta and everything was still good.

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