I recently noticed that I had an extra jar of chunky salsa on hand from my recipe-testing day job. Now, a thing to know about me is that I'm a salsa snob (fresh is best!). So, this leftover jar of salsa wasn't going to get much love.

Cue this recipe. I used that chunky salsa and pureed it up with a chipotle pepper. When it's through with a spin in the blender, you actually can't even tell it's salsa! It's just a spicy tomato sauce. I served it here with shrimp, and polenta cakes but this would also be a good sauce to serve with grilled chicken, steak or fish.


Nonstick cooking spray
1 roll refrigerated polenta, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce if you\'d like it extra spicy)
1 jar (15.5 ounces) mild chunky salsa
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions (white and light green parts only), finely chopped
1-1/4 pounds raw 26-30 count peeled and deveined shrimp
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


Step 1
Preheat oven to 200°. In a nonstick skillet or on a griddle sprayed with nonstick spray, cook polenta slices for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer to a rimmed baking pan and place in oven to keep warm.

Step 2
In a blender or food processor, puree chipotle pepper and salsa until smooth.

Step 3
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are softened. Add shrimp, cook 3 minutes. Stir in wine, marjoram, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add salsa mixture; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque throughout and reach an internal temperature of 145°, stirring frequently.\r\n

Step 4
Serve shrimp mixture over polenta cakes, sprinkled with cilantro.