Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Polenta with Kale, White Beans, and Fried Egg

In the dead of winter I crave dark greens. I was also craving polenta so I decided to create something that would satisfy my cravings.  


4 cups of water
2 tsp of salt
1 cup of Polenta
1 handful of your favorite grated Italian cheese, I used Pecorino Romano
In a medium pot heat water and salt until boiling. Stream in polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until all polenta is incorporated and mixture begins to thicken. Switch to a wooden spoon, pull off heat and continue to stir until thick as paste. Then stir in pecorino romano.
2 cloves of garlic 1 bunch of dinosaur kale.
For the greens sautee the garlic in evoo and then add the kale and cook to your desired consistency. I do not like mine too mushy. Then add a can of drained rinsed white beans and heat through.

Right before everything is ready Fry an Egg in butter and Top with Salt and Pepper. I like to leave my yolk runny so that when I piece it the yolk runs down through the greens and the polenta.

To assemble put the polenta in a bowl, add the beans, greens, and the top with the egg.

It was a wonderful winter meal and it served my craving right. Polenta may be a poor mans food but to me it is the perfect comfort food. It was warm and creamy and the dark greens were just what I needed.

My husband doesn’t eat green’s so I topped his polenta with grilled chicken, peas and a fried egg. He doesn’t normally like polenta but he gave this a try and he really liked it.