ARUCANA EGGS

our rib sticking breakfast: polenta, egg and cheese

EGG POLENTA CHEESEThis morning, I was feeling particularly clever as I assembled polenta cakes, a brown butter fried egg and shavings of excellent cheese into a breakfast we needed to face the day.

It starts the night before, so serve polenta tonight with your favorite braise. Make extra. Tomorrow, fashion it into griddle cakes. Fry them hard in a hot pan with grapeseed oil. Salt and Pepper.

POLENTA CAKESIn another pan, brown some butter. Use good butter. I used my homemade butter which browns beautifully. Fry a stunning egg, perhaps a pale green beauty from Painted Hand Farm. Salt and Pepper.

SUNNYSIDEUPShower it all with a ridiculous amount of Pecorino shaved with a vegetable peeler into long ribbons. Dive in.

Think about adding sautéed mushrooms. Or a layer of flash fried pea shoots. Or some of last night’s roast veg. So many possibilities.

I’m going to have to make this again.

ARUCANA EGGSUnorthodox but Utterly Delicious Polenta
Serves 6

3 cups rich chicken broth, preferably homemade
1-1/2 cups polenta
1/2 cup creme fraiche
Salt and Pepper

In a 3 quart saucepan or pot, bring the broth to a boil. Taste for salt – it should taste slightly salty. Add up to 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Stream the polenta in slowly, whisking all the while. Continue to whisk until the polenta has become thick and there are no lumps at all.  Cover the pot and turn off the heat. Set the timer for 20 minutes.

Remove the cover. The polenta will have absorbed all the liquid. Whisk in the creme fraiche. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

For griddle cakes, use an ice cream scoop to portion and then damp hands to fashion small round cakes. Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium high heat with a slick of grapeseed oil and heat so that the cake sizzles when it hits the pan. Do not press down or fuss, just let it sizzle for 5 to 6 minutes, then carefully turn and brown the other side for 5 to 6 minutes. 

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9 thoughts on “our rib sticking breakfast: polenta, egg and cheese”

  1. Otherwise known as grit cakes. This is a breakfast staple at out house. Best if cheese and bacon/pancetta is mixed in the grits. I top mine with all kinds of eggs: fried, poached, or most often, a loose, creamy scramble.

    Grit cakes freeze well, too. reheat in the microwave and panfry. 🙂

  2. Italian cheese grits! I happened to have left over polenta in my refrigerator, so made this for breakfast today. No pecorino on hand but the polenta had been finished with reggiano. Fried egg in olive oil crispy edged, Spanish-style. Thanks for reminding me how delicious this is.

    1. I’m not sure I’d say grits are faster cooked polenta. I cook my grits for at least 30 minutes. But I also use a 4 to 1 ratio of liquid to grits.

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