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.

Maureen Callahan
Recipe by Cooking Light January 2006


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4 servings


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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; calories from fat 30%; fat 10.3g; saturated fat 3.4g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1.6g; protein 14.2g; carbohydrates 40.5g; fiber 4.6g; cholesterol 221mg; iron 1.9mg; sodium 664mg; calcium 78mg.