If you’re a fan of the traditional flavors of BBQ, you’ll love this easy-to-make BBQ Shrimp & Cheesy Polenta. This meal takes less than 30 minutes and just a handful of ingredients. Shrimp are simmered in BBQ sauce, along with fresh chopped veggies, and spooned over creamy, cooked cornmeal, seasoned with butter and cheddar cheese. Don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!
Inspiration for BBQ Shrimp & Cheesy Polenta
I need to give a nod to my dear friend Sue, from Gourmet Club. She made a scratch version of this recipe for one of our dinner gatherings. Her version featured homemade BBQ sauce, shrimp and Lowcountry grits. It was delicious.
Since a number of you have asked for more Easy Meals, I decided to simplify the recipe. The goal was to make it quicker to prepare, and to make it better suited to a healthier weekday meal. My version uses store-bought BBQ sauce (I used Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy, but use whatever you like) and cornmeal, vs. grits, which most people have on hand. The result? It received the thumbs-up from the hubby, which is of course, an endorsement of high praise indeed.
If you’ve never made polenta from cornmeal, here are a few tips. It’s somewhat like an Italian version of mashed potatoes. They are hearty, can be served with a variety of dishes, and you can stir in a variety of different flavorings – herbs, cheeses, etc…into them. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that they cool off pretty quickly. So if your are serving them in this creamy version, be sure to enjoy them as soon as they are ready. Another option is to pour the cooked polenta into a baking dish, let it cool (or even refrigerate overnight), then cut into wedges. These wedges can then be pan sauteed in butter and/or olive oil and served as a side dish as well.