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Poached Eggs with White Corn Polenta

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.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2006

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 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


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

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.

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.

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 307
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 10.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 14.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.5g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 221mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 664mg
  • Calcium: 78mg