Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg

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  1. 20 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #1

    Poach the eggs

    Prepare 4 Poached eggs and set aside where they will stay hot.

    Heat plates.
  2. 10 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #2

    Prepare the polenta cakes


    Prepare the polenta, spread out approximately 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick and leave to cool.
  3. 2 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #3
    Use a cutter to cut out 8 cm (3 inch) circles...
  4. Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #4
    ...allowing one circle per person. Collect up the trimmings of polenta and save for another recipe.
  5. 5 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #5
    Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a frying pan on high heat and when hot, add the polenta cakes.

    Cook until nicely browned on both sides.

    Set aside and keep hot.
  6. 5 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #6

    Make the shallot sauce

    Prepare 50 g shallot and dice very small.
  7. 1 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #7
    Melt 40 g butter in a small saucepan on medium heat, then add the chopped shallot, salt and pepper.

    Cook for 1 minute without colouring.
  8. 1 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #8
    Pour in 1 glass dry white wine and leave to reduce by 3/4.
  9. 15 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #9
    Add 150 ml liquid cream and leave on low heat to thicken.

    Check seasoning.
  10. 5 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #10

    Reheat the spinach



    Meanwhile, reheat 300 g cooked spinach with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan on low heat.
  11. 1 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #11

    Assemble the dish


    Place a polenta cake on each of the hot serving plates.
  12. 3 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #12
    Place the cutter over the polenta while you arrange the spinach on top. Press this gently into place...
  13. Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #13
    ...and remove the cutter.

    This method ensures a neat circle of spinach, just the right size.
  14. 1 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #14
    Place a hot poached egg on top.
  15. 2 min.Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #15
    Pour the shallot sauce over and serve immediately.

    For a little dramatic effect, like in the photo, you can split the egg to let some yolk run out just before serving.

Remarks:

The tricky part of this recipe is the timing: getting everything ready at the same time so that the different elements (egg, spinach, polenta, sauce) are hot when assembled.

If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can strain it to remove the bits of shallots before adding the cream.

Source:

Home made.

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