Friday, February 11, 2011

Saucy Shrimp & Creamy Polenta

Creamy Polenta

4 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring the water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese, milk, butter, and pepper, and stir until the butter and cheese melt.

Saucy Shrimp

1 tbsp olive oil
3 slices Canadian bacon, chopped finely
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
1 pound large (31 to 35) peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Add bacon, onion, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and browned, 8 to 10 minutes. To skillet, add tomatoes (with their juice) and bring to a boil. Add shrimp; cook, stirring, until opaque throughout, 2 to 4 minutes.

Serve shrimp & sauce on top of a puddle of hot polenta with fresh pepper & parmesan as garnish. Enjoy!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Corn Salsa

2 cups corn (I used frozen that that I quickly defrosted under hot water)
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalepono, finely chopped (seeds removed unless you want some heat)
Handful chopped cilantro
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Toss together and serve with tortilla chips. Really yummy when paired with black bean dip!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wine Lover's Beef Stew

This is easy and perfect for a cold winter day. I like to serve it with biscuits :)

1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 can (14 ounces)whole peeled tomatoes
1-1/2 cups water
1 cube beef bouillon
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup red wine
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 potatoes, cubed
1 cup pearl onions

Season the stew meat with some of the salt and pepper and coat with flour. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, Saute the beef and onions in the butter and oil until browned on the outside. Transfer the beef and onions to a stockpot and stir in the tomatoes, water and bouillon cubes. Season with garlic, parsley, thyme and remaining salt and pepper. Stir in the red wine.

Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours before adding carrots, celery potatoes and pearl onions. Continue to simmer until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.