Inspiration in strange places

1 Aug

So tonight’s dinner was inspired by a classic drink, the Bloody Mary. I love taking flavors that I know work well together and making something completely original with it. So here’s the recipe:


Bloody Mary Roasted Shrimp over Polenta

for the polenta-

1/2 cup white wine
1 cup water
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 cup polenta
2 tablespoons sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

for the shrimp-

1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup green beans
6 shrimp
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon horseradish
salt and pepper to taste

Start the polenta by bringing all the ingredients except the polenta and sour cream to a boil. Quickly wisk in the polenta and continue to wisk until the grains are cooked through. Wisk in the sour cream and season. Set aside and keep warm.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl toss the shrimp, beans, and tomatoes with the spices and hot sauce with a drizzle of oil. Roast the shrimp and veggies for 10-15 minutes or until the shrimp are opaque. Once the shrimp is cooked, toss with the horseradish and salt and pepper. Pour the polenta in a serving bowl and top with the shrimp and veggies. Serve hot…

I love making recipes like this one. It really does taste like a bloody Mary. The key ingredient is the celery seed. You can make this as spicy as you want… just add more hot sauce. The green beans in the dish came from the pickled beans that you sometimes get in a Bloody Mary. I guess you could use celery, but I’m a big fan of the beans. Next up… something inspired by a piña colada 🙂

Always thinking of the next meal



One Response to “Inspiration in strange places”

  1. Deana August 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Now that just sounds downright yummy!!!

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