This dish was inspired by Emeril Lagasse. Say What??? I was watching HSN this morning because for some reason there are no interesting shows on basic cable on Saturdays. Emeril was selling his cookware and showing different recipes: one of them was shrimp with grits.
This meal comes completely from what I already had in my pantry, fridge and freezer.
Cheesy Polenta with Shrimp and Hash Peppers
1/2 cup polenta
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
2 cups of water to start, more if needed
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 hash pepper, sliced (you can also use a regular green pepper, or any other pepper)
3 green onions, sliced
ground pepper to taste
1. Bring water to boil. Add salt. Add polenta and cook whisking from time to time. Add more water if needed (I added at least another cup). When polenta is close to being done, add butter, black pepper and cheese.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan. Add hash peppers and saute until softened. Add green onions. After a few minutes, add shrimp to the pan and cook just until shrimp turns pink.
3. Pour polenta into a bowl and top with hash peppers/green onions/shrimp mixture.
Thoughts: this was incredibly homey, warm, and filling. I ate the entire thing! This is also good with added sweet pepper sauce. Enjoy!