Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

37,000 feet in the air I’m finally catching up on last week’s Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers. I’m returning from an amazing trip to Napa for my friends wedding and I can’t say enough how much I love the California wine country. Besides the amazing vino the weather and scenery was absolutely breathtaking!!

Last week Idol paid tribute to Motor City so I decided to combine some of the city’s most notable flavors in one recipe. From the soul of Motown to Detroit’s Italian influences a Prosciutto Shrimp and Pesto Polenta Cake is what came to fruition.

I can’t wait to share some pics and tips from my amazing weekend, but in the meantime try out this recipe! Your taste buds won’t be sorry. 🙂

Check out today’s recipe on Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog HERE!

Happy Eating!

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes



  • 2oz fresh basil (2 bundles)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Polenta Cakes

  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 oz prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tube pre cooked polenta
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, diced

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

To make the pesto combine the basil and remaining 8 ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

If the texture is still too thick add more olive oil until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Season the shrimp with the salt and pepper. Pile the prosciutto on top of each other and cut into 1/2″ thick long strips. Wrap the strips around each piece of shrimp.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat until melted.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Add the garlic and red pepper and cook until fragrant, around 30 seconds.  Add the shrimp and sauté until cooked all the way through.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Around 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Slice the polenta into 1/2 circles and lightly rub with olive oil.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Place in the same skillet and sauté until lightly golden, around 3-4 minutes on each side.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Top the polenta with a tablespoon of the pesto and two shrimp. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Shrimp & Pesto Polenta Cakes

Bon Appétit! 

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