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Poached Eggs with White Corn Polenta

Yield 4 servings
Either a breakfast or a light dinner, this dish uses white cornmeal for a creamy polenta. If you can find it, use imported Italian white polenta since the grain is very fine, resulting in a soft texture. Make an extra batch of salsa as topping for bruschetta.

Ingredients

  • Salsa:
  • 1/3 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large plum tomato, seeded and diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • Polenta:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen white corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 cup white cornmeal or dry polenta
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Eggs:
  • 4 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Remaining ingredient:
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutrition Information

  • calories 307
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 3.4 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 14.2 g
  • carbohydrate 40.5 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 221 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 664 mg
  • calcium 78 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare salsa, combine bell pepper, basil, oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and tomato; set aside.

  2. To prepare polenta, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add corn, cornmeal, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 2 minutes or until cornmeal mixture returns to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, Parmesan cheese, butter, and black pepper. Cover and keep warm.

  3. To prepare eggs, while polenta cooks, add water to a large skillet, filling two-thirds full; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer. Break eggs into each of 4 (6-ounce) custard cups coated with cooking spray. Place custard cups in simmering water in pan. Cover pan; cook 6 minutes. Remove custard cups from water; carefully remove eggs from custard cups.

  4. Spoon about 1 cup polenta onto each of 4 plates; top each serving with about 3 tablespoons salsa and 1 poached egg. Sprinkle evenly with bacon.