The star of the evening at any cocktail party should always be the guests that you’ve invited, but the food should most certainly take a close second. Thanks to Giada De Laurentiis I have found a very dependable, for the most part healthy, and very much the crowd pleaser appetizer in my adapted version of her Polenta Crusted Shrimp with Mustard and Herb Mayonnaise.
A bit of protein, a delectable crunch and savory sauce as a complement, this is sure to be a hit at your next hostessing event. One of the things I appreciate about this recipe is that it’s not messy and allows your guests the ability to eat as gracefully as possible for an hor d’oeuvre that involves dipping.
The only change I have made to this recipe is switching the polenta with panko breadcrumbs. After attempting the original recipe, I found the polenta to be too coarse and immediately tried the panko on my next go round which added a much easier bite, but didn’t take away from the crunch. So if you are more inclined to work with polenta, simply swap out anywhere you see panko with the original ingredient. Either way the flavor is amazing!