Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Brunch plans anyone?

Posted by Dori Nottingham

So I found this recipe and picture on design sponge this last weekend, with a link from pictures and pancakes. Because of just how good it looks I have decided to follow the recipe and have people over for brunch. I love pretty food but more importantly I love good tasting food. Isn't that eating is supposed to be about? I hope to try it out before but I know it has to beat the fast food breakfast I had this last week while traveling. Why do I ever eat bad food with easy recipes like this? I'll be sure to let you know.

Crispy Ham & Cheese Breakfast Polenta
serves 6

6 cups water
2 cups instant polenta
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup grated parmesan
salt & pepper
1 cup grated gruyere
6 slices ham
2-3 tbs olive oi
l3 leeks, cleaned thoroughly & thinly sliced
2 cups baby spinach
6 large eggs

Place the water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta and cook while stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in butter, parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Pour half the polenta on a lightly greased 12×8.5″ half sheet pan and spread evenly. Cover with slices of ham and gruyere cheese and then spread remaining polenta over top evenly. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and add leeks. Cook slowly until tender, about 8-10 minutes, adding 1 more tablespoon of oil if needed. Add spinach and toss until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cut polenta into 6 large squares and trim the edges evenly. Then cut each square into 2 rectangles. Heat a non-stick sauté pan or cast iron griddle over medium high heat. Cook the polenta for 4-6 minutes per side or until golden brown on top and cheese has melted. Serve with a scoop of sauted leeks and spinach and top with an egg your favorite way


That looks SO yummy. Did you make it yet? How did it come out?

tracey said...

You know, I love a yummy breakfast, but I never take time for it. Why is that?? Perhaps I'll have to take a try with this recipe.