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Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg


Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg
A "cake" of fried polenta, blanched spinach and a soft-poached egg on top, with a cream, shallot and white-wine sauce poured over just before serving.
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Last modified on: June 3rd 2018

For 4 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

Time required
PreparationCookingStart to finish
45 min.26 min.1 hour 11 min.
Keeping:
Should be eaten immediately once plated up.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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...

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Stage 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...

Stage 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.

Stage 14 - 1 min.
Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg : Photo of step #14
Place a hot poached egg on top.

Stage 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.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

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