Pan-Fried Polenta with Chilies, Corn and a Fried Egg

13 Sep

Topped with an egg, pan-fried polenta is my favorite brunch food.  We ate this for dinner (who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner now and again?), but this summer the concept is something I ate as a late breakfast about three days a week and never tired of.  I love the way the yolk of the egg combines with the creaminess of the polenta.  The mild heat of the chilies and the cool acidity of the tomatoes worked wonderfully together in this particular dish.  The polenta is a tad time-consuming, but the rest of it takes about ten minutes and the polenta can be prepared ahead of time.

Pan-Fried Polenta with Chilies, Corn and a Fried Egg

Serves 2¹

3 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tbs. Brummel & Brown or butter substitute, divided

1 7 oz. can of mild whole green fire roasted chilies, diced (reserve juice)

5 cups of water

2 cups of polenta

1 cup milk

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp. garlic hot sauce

1 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted

Non-stick spray

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tbs. olive oil

1 tomato, diced

2 eggs

1 pinch dried parsley

In a large saucepan, heat 1 tbs. of Brummel & Brown over medium heat.  Sauté garlic until well-browned.  Add five cups water and reserved juice from the chilies and bring to a simmer.  Slowly whisk in two cups of polenta and reduce heat to medium-low or to maintain a slow simmer.  When most of water is absorbed, add the cumin, sour cream, garlic hot sauce, and cup of milk.  Simmer, stirring frequently, over low heat roughly 15-20 minutes.  When polenta is nearly done, add diced green chilies and corn.  Simmer another five minutes or so until polenta is cooked through and corn and chilies are heated.

Spray a large casserole with non-stick spray.  Pour polenta into the casserole dish and smooth with a large spoon.  Let cool.  Once cool, place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until solid.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add two slices of polenta from casserole (roughly 4″ square) and fry 5-6 minutes per side until golden brown.  Once golden brown, top each slice with 1/2 of shredded cheddar cheese and cover skillet.  Steam cheese until melted, roughly 1-2 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of Brummel & Brown.  Fry two eggs, seasoned with freshly cracked black pepper, roughly 1-2 minutes per side, until over-easy or to taste.

Serve fried polenta slices topped with diced tomato and fried egg and garnish with dried parsley.

¹The polenta recipe yields more than two servings, but I wanted to make a lot because this keeps well in the refrigerator for about a week and it heats up well in the microwave even without frying the polenta first, so it makes for a great packed lunch.

One Response to “Pan-Fried Polenta with Chilies, Corn and a Fried Egg”


  1. Crispy Polenta and Braised Swiss Chard with Cod Poached in White Wine « Kelseyincleveland's Blog - December 18, 2010

    […] setting, consider Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Tomato Polenta and Eggs, and Pan Fried Polenta with Chilies, Corn, and a Fried Egg.  Simply substitute the recipe above for the recipe included and you'll have a nice meal on your […]

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