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Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta from Taste Love & Nourish

As much as cooking is a passion of mine, finding a meal that comes together quickly, simply and impressively is like finding a five pound box of jumbo shrimp at my door! So, imagine my happiness right now…I’m one of thirty food bloggers chosen to participate in a Shrimp Showdown hosted by OXO and the NFI Shrimp Council. So, with a box full of OXO tools and another of jumbo shrimp, I’ve come up with a simple recipe perfect for a quick weeknight meal and special enough for fuss-free entertaining.

We love seafood, but shrimp may be our favorite. What I love about shrimp is its versatility. It just melds with any variation of flavors. I have to tell you, I had a very long list of ideas for this project and at some point, I’ll share them all with you, but I wanted this to be something simple that can become your go-to recipe. The shrimp, as you know, cooks in mere minutes, so, pairing it with a quick cooking polenta gives you this perfect dish that looks like you fussed…but you didn’t. No one has to know…I’ll keep that secret!

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta from Taste Love & Nourish

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta

Soft Polenta
1 1/2 C. milk (I use a low fat milk)
1 1/2 C. low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 C. quick cooking polenta
1/4 C. ricotta (I use fat free, but use what you have)
1 T. butter
1/8 C. grated Parmesan

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas
olive oil
4 oz. pancetta, finely diced
approx. 1 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. dry white wine
4 Campari tomatoes, quartered (you can also use about 1/2 C. of grape tomatoes halved)
1 C. peas, fresh or frozen
lemon zest
fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Prepare the polenta first. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the milk and the broth and bring to a boil. Whisk in the polenta, reduce the heat to low and cook for about two minutes. Add the ricotta, butter and Parmesan. Cook for another 30 seconds. Cover and remove from the heat. Set aside.

In a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle just a tad (about 1 teaspoon) of olive oil and add the pancetta. Cook until the fat is rendered and the pancetta begins to crisp a bit and get golden. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon onto a plate. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for just about 2 minutes per side. Do this in two batches to avoid crowding the pan. Once the shrimp are cooked, move them to the plate with the pancetta. You may need to add another small drizzle of olive oil to the pan. Now, add the onion and be careful to just sweat the onion. You don’t want to brown it. As soon as the onion is translucent, add the garlic. Cook for just a minute and add the white wine. Simmer for another minute and add the tomatoes and peas. After one more minute add the shrimp and pancetta back to the pan and immediately remove the pan from the heat. Toss everything together.

To serve, divide the polenta between four dinner plates, top with the shrimp and pancetta and sprinkle on some lemon zest, parsley and some extra grated Parmesan.

Serves 4

Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta from Taste Love & Nourish

Notes:

  • The polenta will seem a bit loose right after you’ve made it, but this is intentional. As it sits, it will thicken up and become the perfect consistency for serving. If you like it even more loose, feel free to whisk in a tiny bit of warm milk before serving.
  • I love adding the ricotta to this polenta, but if you don’t have any…the recipe will still work fine. It does add a bit of creaminess that I really like.

Another key to bringing this together quickly and easily is working with great tools. I’d never seen this OXO tool before, but their Shrimp Cleaner is very cool! I was intimidated just looking at it, but once I tried it…I was impressed. It removes the shell and the vein in basically one step. Easy peasy. Some of their other tools I used are their 3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set for rinsing the shrimp, the Flexible Kitchen and Herb Snips for snipping fresh parsley and I absolutely love their 12″ Tongs with Silicone Heads. They get used on a daily basis in my kitchen and I love that they don’t scratch my pans in the process.

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Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta from Taste Love & Nourish

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Disclaimer: This post and giveaway are sponsored by OXO and the NFI Shrimp Council. I was given the tools and the shrimp to provide a review. All opinions are one hundred percent my own.

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Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl from Taste Love & Nourish

Years ago, I had the most delicious curry made by my sister’s friend. I was lucky enough to get the recipe, but I keep adapting it in a variety of ways. I’ve made a Roasted Vegetable Curry a while back that is really wonderful. This one, with chicken, is a bit quicker and simpler process from the original and I’ve added some more veggies. The great thing about recipes like this is you can adapt them so easily. Take this recipe and add shrimp instead of chicken or use whatever veggies you have on hand.

Let’s talk curry. I use a Jamaican curry, Blue Mountain Country Curry in this dish, but you can use any curry you have or mix your own. I’m no expert, but I’ve read that the difference between Jamaican curry and Indian curry is the addition of allspice, anise and mustard seed in the Jamaican version. So, let’s say someone in your house says they don’t like curry. Make this for them. Really. My husband has been telling me he doesn’t like curry for over twenty years and once I made this dish for him, he suddenly loves curry!

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl from Taste Love & Nourish

Chicken Vegetable Curry Bowl

Brown Rice (Recipe below)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed into bite-sized pieces
pinch of Kosher salt
black pepper
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 – 3 T. Jamaican curry
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
14 oz. can light coconut milk
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. frozen peas

In a heavy pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil and butter. As soon as the butter is melted, add the cubes of chicken and give them just a small pinch of salt and a nice amount of black pepper. Sauté just until they lose their pink color. Add the onion, red pepper and carrots. Continue to cook just until the onions begin to get translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute then add the curry and cook another minute. Add (are you allowed to start three sentences in a row with the same word?) the tomatoes, coconut milk and raisins. Bring the curry to a light simmer, reduce the heat to low and cover with a heavy lid for 30 minutes. Now add the peas, stir them in and cover. Simmer for just about 5 to 10 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice and with naan or other flatbread, if desired. (see Notes).

Serves 4

Brown Rice
1 C. medium grain brown rice
2 C. water
pinch of sea salt

Combine the rice, water and salt in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about 50 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand covered for about 5 minutes or until ready to serve.

Notes:

  • Naan is a really wonderful Indian flatbread. When serving it with this dish, I like to rub it with the cut side of a garlic clove and brush some olive oil on top. Place the naan in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 2 minutes.
  • I love this curry even better the next day! Sometimes I make it and put it in the fridge for dinner the following night.
  • Jamaican curry has quite a bit of salt, so I only salt sparingly before cooking the chicken and then taste test at the end.
  • I use chicken breast to keep this dish lower in fat, but I have to say, using chicken thighs gives you a more tender result. Use what you like best.

 

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