Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
8 (1-ounce) slices refrigerated polenta
2 ounces pancetta, chopped
1 1/2 cups sliced onion
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons butter
4 large eggs
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan and asparagus with cooking spray. Add asparagus to pan; cook 7 minutes or until charred, turning occasionally. Place asparagus on a baking sheet; keep warm. Lightly coat polenta with cooking spray. Add polenta to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Add polenta to pan with asparagus; keep warm.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until pancetta begins to brown. Stir in onion, red pepper, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add onion mixture to pan with asparagus and polenta; keep warm. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add butter to pan; swirl to coat. Crack eggs, 1 at a time, into pan; cover and cook 2 minutes or until whites are set and yolks are soft. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
Divide polenta, asparagus, and onion mixture evenly among 4 small plates; top each serving with 1 egg. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; drizzle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon oil.
Very tasty summer meal. It is so easy and economical to make your own polenta. I made some in the morning (1 cup polenta, 1 cup chicken broth, 1.5 cup water, .5 cup milk), stirred in a few sun-dried tomato shreds, then spread it in an 8x8 pan to chill. In the evening, just cut it into squares. Also, I used Applegate's bacon (no gestation cages or confinement pens) and after wiping the skillet, cooked the onions and eggs. No need for extra butter or oil. Also drizzled a bit of honey-mustard dressing over the whole thing. Served with roasted baby beets and anchovy toast. Pretty good!
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