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Polenta Crusted Shrimp

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  Canellini beans 1 Pound, dry or cooked
  Grape tomatoes 1 Pint
  Escarole head 1 Medium, washed
  Garlic bulb 1 Medium
  Thyme sprigs 5 Medium
  Bay leaves 2 Medium
  Basil 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped
Polenta crusted shrimp
  Italian parsley 1 Bunch (100 gm)
  16/20 shrimp 28 Medium, peeled and de-veined
  Butter 1 Pound, unsalted
  Polenta 1 Cup (16 tbs), fine ground
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Pinch

For making Ragout:
1. In a medium/large pot, bring the beans to boil in salted water with the bay leaves, thyme and the garlic.
2. Once at a boil, turn down to a simmer, cook for about an hour or until the beans are tender and drain some of the excess water that may be left.
3. While the beans are cooking, cut one head of escarole into bite size pieces and wash thoroughly (reserve in cold water).
4. While the beans are cooking, slice the grape tomatoes in half and reserve.
5. Once the beans are finished, add the escarole, tomatoes, herbs, butter and olive oil and continue to cook on low heat until the escarole is tender.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
For making Polenta Crusted Shrimp:
7. Heat a sauté pan on medium heat.
8. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides and press into the raw, seasoned polenta.
9. Once the pan is hot coat it with olive oil, place the shrimp in the pan with polenta-side down and cook for about 1 minute or so and then flip the shrimp to cook the other side.
10. When the shrimp is just about finished, add a tablespoon of butter and some chopped parsley.
11. Remove the shrimp from the pan and place on a dry towel to absorb any excess liquid/butter.

12. In a large serving platter, place the polenta crusted shrimp on top of the ragout polenta-side up and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
40 Minutes
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 2353 Calories from Fat 1360

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 152 g233.6%

Saturated Fat 63 g315.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 477.9 mg159.3%

Sodium 805.7 mg33.6%

Total Carbohydrates 171 g57.1%

Dietary Fiber 49.5 g197.8%

Sugars 30.4 g

Protein 71 g142%

Vitamin A 157.7% Vitamin C 76.9%

Calcium 37.8% Iron 79.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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