Grill Like an Italian with Colavita: Grilled Shrimp and Polenta
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Serves: 6 servings
Set polenta is grilled and topped with tangy dressed vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, and succulent marinated and grilled shrimp.
for the polenta
  • 1 teaspoon Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup Colavita Instant Polenta Cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt such as Rachel Ray Salt from the Sea Grinders
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • extra olive oil for brushing
for the shrimp
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt such as Rachel Ray Salt from the Sea Grinders, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper such as Rachel Ray Malabar Black Pepper Grinders, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1½ pounds extra large shrimp (U12-15), peeled and deveined
for the topping
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt such as Rachel Ray Salt from the Sea Grinders
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper such as Rachel Ray Malabar Black Pepper Grinders
  • ⅓ cup Colavita capers, rinsed and drained, patted dry with a paper towel
  • ⅓ cup Colavita sun-dried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 10-ounce jar baby artichokes or artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, patted dry
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
special equipment
  • bamboo or metal skewers -- if using bamboo, soak in water for an hour before grilling
for the polenta
  1. Add olive oil to a small loaf pan and use a paper towel to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside.
  2. Add chicken broth, water, thyme, garlic and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly add the polenta into the chicken broth, whisking constantly. Continue to whisk and cook polenta for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the parmesan cheese.
  3. Pour the polenta into the loaf pan and smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate until firm, several hours or overnight.
  4. prepare the shrimp
  5. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cloves of the garlic, the lemon zest, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Stir to combine. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate.
for the topping
  1. In a medium bowl combine the garlic, lemon zest and juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Add the capers, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, grape tomatoes, artichokes and parsley. Toss to combine. Set aside.
for the grill
  1. Thread the shrimp onto skewers.
  2. Turn the polenta out onto a cutting board. Slice polenta into ½" thick slices. Lightly brush them with olive oil. Lightly oil the grill grates and make sure the grill is hot before adding the polenta - it can have a tendency to stick. Grill the polenta for about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Grill the shrimp for about 1½-2 minutes per side, until pink and opaque. Transfer to a serving platter.
To serve:
  1. Arrange the polenta on a serving platter. Spoon the topping over the polenta. Arrange the shrimp skewers over the topping. Serve.
If artichoke hearts are larger than bite size, cut them into smaller chunks before adding to the topping.
You may want to do a test run of grilling the polenta. Use one slice and see how it reacts to your grill. If it sticks, take extra precaution by using "Pam for grilling" or "grill" the polenta on an oiled grill pan inside.
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