Ok, I know it’s the dead of summer but… we’re making POLENTA!
I know, I know, a steamy bowl of cornmeal goodness doesn’t quite have you salivating after a 90 degree day in the sun. But step on into that air conditioning, get that stove going for all of 20 minutes, and you’ll be on that polenta train SO FAST! I promise.
Polenta is one of those things I think is too easily forgotten. As far as comfort foods go, I’m more likely to throw together a savory pasta, creamy potato dish, or, my very favorite, gnocchi (sighs) on a regular basis. It’s just so natural (and delicious)!
But once in a while, I get a strange polenta-craving and as soon as I act on it, I’m hooked all over again.
Back a few months ago, I made this seriously creamy Polenta with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables & Garlic Chickpeas and was absolutely floored by how easy (and quick) polenta was to make. I somehow had it in my head that it was quite time consuming and labor intensive… like risotto, which I love, but again, rarely make. But it is far from it!
This time, instead of adding chickpeas as my protein, I decided to go with a little more decadent option: a perfectly poached egg.
I think poached eggs might be one of my favorite foods in the whole wide world. Well maybe not my favorite favorite, but it’s certainly up there. That soft, tender egg white that breaks open and releases the most creamy dreamy yolk. Mmmmm now that’s comfort food!
So of course this was a perfect protein choice to top off my already creamy polenta. I also wanted to add some more of my favorite comfort food flavors, and that happens to include roasted tomatoes and asparagus. Is there really any better way to cook those vegetables?
So now we’ve got creamy polenta, a seriously runny poached egg, and roasted tomatoes and asparagus that are literally oozing flavor. Literally every. single. bite. is a moment of pure bliss!
The way that yolk mixes with the polenta, and the tomatoes burst with every bite, and the tender asparagus adds a surprise of flavor— we’ve got a real rockstar right here.
If you’re vegan and want another option in place of the egg, I think some creamy hummus or avocado would add a lovely texture and flavor. Or of course you can always add some tempeh bacon if you’re feeling super saucy 😉 The options are endless!