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Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Eggland’s Best Fried Eggs (and a giveaway!)

February 7, 2014

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Breakfast or dinner? Breakfast or dinner? I don’t know. Stop asking me difficult questions like that. It’s Friday and I’ve used up just about all the brain power I have available this week. Which is partly why I’m so excited to come home from work at the end of the day and stare at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on television. Like a zombie. But not one that eats brains. One that eat food like this. Is that a thing?

Eggland’s Best recently got in touch with me about a campaign they’re running to raise money for the American Heart Society… For every post written using their eggs, they’re donating $25 to the American Heart Society. I use Eggland’s Best Eggs ALL the time, so it wasn’t difficult for me to incorporate them into a new recipe.

Way back in 2010 I was invited to an Eggland’s Best dinner in Boston. Since then, they’re legit the only eggs I purchase. Why? Well besides meeting some truly splendid people at the dinner, Eggland’s Best Eggs have:

  • 10 times more Vitamin E than other eggs
  • 4 times more Vitamin D than other eggs
  • More than double the Omega-3 of other eggs
  • 25% less saturated fat than other eggs
  • 3 times more Vitamin B12 than other eggs
  • 38% more lutein than other eggs

Enough said, right? In my mind, I’m not sure why I’d ever want to purchase anything other than Eggland’s Best eggs.

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I’ve been wanting to make polenta again for quite a while and I couldn’t stop thinking about how delicious it would be with pesto mixed in and fried eggs served over it. Of course, the next obvious step was some bacon. And then I added in some crispy kale for a little more greenery.

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Eggland’s Best Fried Eggs (serves 4):
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  • 1 C basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 T pine nuts
  • 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 T
  • 6 C water
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 C corn meal
  • 2 C kale, ribs removed and chopped
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 T butter, plus 1 T
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese
  • 4 large Eggland’s Best Eggs

(pre-heat oven to 350 degrees)

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I started by making the pesto. Add basil, garlic, and pine nuts to a blender or Vitamix.

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Blend until coarsely chopped. Add in 1/3 cup of the olive oil and process until fully incorporated. Set aside.

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Bring water, milk, and salt to a simmer in a large saucepan.

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Slowly whisk in the corn meal and bring the heat down to low. Whisk vigorously every few minutes. Continue to cook and whisk for about 30 minutes, until polenta thickens but is still creamy.

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While polenta is cooking, spread kale on a baking sheet and lightly brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Pop in the oven and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes until kale crisps up.

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Fry your bacon, too, until it’s nice and crispy!

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When polenta is done cooking, add in butter, parmesan cheese, and pesto.

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And stir to combine.

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And now for the best part… In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add eggs to pan (can do separate batches if necessary), and cook for 1-2 minutes or until whites are just set around edges.

Spoon polenta into four bowls. Place a layer of crispy kale on top of the polenta and top with a fried egg. Crumble bacon and sprinkle around, with a little extra parmesan if you’d like.

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

Breakfast? Dinner? I really don’t think anyone’s going to argue with you either way.

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

I’m especially happy when my egg yolk is nice and runny.

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

And my kale is nice and crispy. Is anyone else constantly shocked by how putting some kale in the oven for a few minutes can make it taste completely different. If you know anyone who doesn’t like kale, bake it for them. And bam! They’ll love it. If they still don’t, put a fried egg on it…

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

Of course a little crumbled bacon sprinkled about doesn’t hurt too much either. Or the creamy polenta with flavorful pesto notes blended in.

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

The only way this could have been better? I should have served each bowl of polenta with multiple fried eggs on top!

Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Egg: The perfect breakfast or dinner! | wearenotmartha.com

And now for a super fun Eggland’s Best giveaway!

Eggland’s Best is letting me give one reader a fun little prize pack! Comment on this post by Monday, February 10, at 11:59 p.m. EST letting me know your favorite way to serve eggs for a chance to win:

  • 2 free dozen Eggland’s Best coupons
  • a $25 visa gift card
  • 1 EB plush egg (have you seen these guys? They’re adorable!)

Hope you have an eggscellent weekend!! I can’t believe I just said that either.

[Sues]

Disclaimer: The Eggland’s Best coupon, information, and two gift packs (one for me!) have been provided by Eggland’s Best. However, all opinions are my own. I ONLY talk about brands I love here and I am a truly loyal Eggland’s Best buyer!

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57 Responses to "Pesto Polenta with Crispy Kale, Bacon, and Eggland’s Best Fried Eggs (and a giveaway!)"

  1. Carolyn says:

    This looks delicious! My favorite way to serve/eat eggs is en cocotte, with parmesan and torn arugula leaves on top… it truly is a fabulous weekend breakfast!

  2. Shannon says:

    I love an egg sandwich – not just for breakfast but for any meal.

  3. Jen says:

    I am also an egg sandwich lover but this looks wicked yummy. I have printed it out and hope to make it.

  4. Erin W says:

    I love a classic runny egg over easy.

  5. Betsy says:

    Looks amazing! I love eggs- thanks for the giveaway!

  6. What a great recipe, Sues! I love egg sandwiches, they have always been a favorite. And kuddos to Egglands Best for donating to AHS! Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. OMG this looks amazing. They have a similar thing at Belly Wine Bar in Cambridge, but it’s more expensive and far from my house….

  8. Monica Lavoie says:

    We eat a lot of eggs but I think I mostly make them over medium. My daughter calls it egg juice!

  9. I have 2 favorites.

    1. Simple fried egg sandwich on buttered toast with a touch of sriracha hot sauce.

    2. Omelet muffins with lots of ham and peppers (like these: http://www.quirkycookery.com/2009/08/breakfast-egg-muffins-recipe.html)

    And I have one of the plush eggs and love the little guy. <3

  10. KL says:

    recipe looks great sans the bacon…this is hard one, maybe just a fried egg with cheese, years ago when I still ate meat, we had pork roll too (its a NJ thing) 😉

  11. Emily says:

    I love classic fried eggs–over medium please!

  12. tripp says:

    I love fritattas, especially ones with asparagus, bacon, and tomato

  13. katelin says:

    I love making scrambled eggs, they are my favorites!

    Also, this looks so dang tasty! love it.

  14. Justine says:

    Oh yum! I like having scrambled eggs on the weekends!

  15. Eggs + bread. Bread pudding, eggs in a hole, I ain’t picky!

  16. Eggscellent post (snicker, I coudn’t resist)! That looks so good with that runny egg on top! Runny eggs are my favorite but this past weekend I had some really creamy scrambled eggs and green onions served over a croissant. Heaven. That may be my new favorite way to eat them!

  17. Amy Orvin says:

    I love making egg salad sandwiches. Thank you for the giveaway!

  18. Elena says:

    I like omelets

  19. Lisa says:

    I love to serve eggs with cheese & the homemade cinnamon toast

  20. Mami2jcn says:

    I love scrambled eggs!

  21. Dawn Monroe says:

    My family likes ” birds nests”, where you cut a hole in the middle of the bread and fry it. I think some families call them a bird in a basket.

  22. Melissa M says:

    I like mine scrambled with lots of cheese

  23. Susan Christy says:

    Chorizo con Huevos is my favorite.

  24. Jessie C. says:

    I like ham and cheese omelette

  25. Melissa says:

    veggie filled frittata!

  26. Joanne says:

    I feel like I make variations of this once or twice a month! Can’t go wrong with leafy greens, polenta, and runny egg yolks!

  27. Shannon says:

    of course put and egg on it 😉 this is sooo my kind of meal!

  28. sheila says:

    Omelette with cheese, mushrooms and onions!

  29. Dani says:

    That’s what I love about eggs. .. good with anything! Lately I’ve been putting them on top of sauteed beet greens from my CSA. So delish!

  30. Lisa Brown says:

    i like to make all kinds of omelets with eggs.
    jslbrown_03(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. Sarah W. says:

    I recently discovered the deliciousness of fried eggs, one of my favorite ways to top nachos is refried beans, taco meat and a fried egg! So yummy!

  32. Hillary says:

    Poached over toast or in eggs Benedict!

  33. oh yum. my favorite way to eat eggs is fried! or egg salad. i love eggs 🙂

  34. Ann says:

    Right now I’m loving fried or scrambled eggs with goat cheese and pesto on toast!

  35. Allison Downes says:

    I like serving them poached or making Deviled Eggs.

    Thank you for the chance to win this!

    lola_violets_2010{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

  36. Debra says:

    I love this combination and can’t wait to make it. We have “breakfast for dinner” so often, and more than likely we are using Eggland’s Best. I look for them when purchasing eggs. My favorite is really simple and not all that exciting, but comfort food. I just make a scramble with eggs, potatoes and onions. If I have mushrooms, they go in, too. I don’t usually add cheese, but that would just make it even more yummy, I’m sure. I love the pesto polenta here…quick and easy!

  37. LisaR. says:

    Our household eats a lot of eggs. My favorite way to eat eggs is deviled! I love the seasonings that go in the mixture and then placed back into the egg – so delicious!

  38. Alison says:

    We are an omelette family, with as many veggies as we can fit in!!

  39. Nicole Secondi says:

    I’m obsessed with poached eggs! I eat them prepared this way, every single weekend, without fail!

  40. Kim says:

    I like to scramble them with potatoes and some sriracha sauce and eat in a tortilla!

  41. Alycia says:

    I love eggs in a breakfast burrito with lots of veggies.

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

  42. Sheila K. says:

    I love making cheese omelets with mushrooms and spinach!

  43. Danielle says:

    I love eggs over easy w/ a toasted piece of bread to soak up the yummy yolk!

  44. Wild Orchid says:

    I love to have broccoli and cheddar quiche!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  45. Donna L says:

    I like scrambled eggs with cheese and onions.

  46. Judith says:

    I love to make homemade egg sandwiches with cheese and avocado! YUM!

  47. Belle says:

    I love poached eggs—especially in eggs benedict. Yum!! <3

  48. Greg says:

    Hi! It’s Greg from Starvingkitten and I wanted to let you know that we will coming back very soon after a year and a half baby break! I love dippy (Pittsburghese for over easy) eggs nice and runny, with buttery toast and crisp bacon.

  49. I make a mean scrambled egg sandwich!

  50. Kelly D says:

    I like to make cheese omelettes.

  51. Rebecca C says:

    Ove easy with a side of buttered toast and bacon, with maple syrup on both the egg and the bacon. Or scrambled in a candied bacon and cheddar cheese biscuit sandwich

  52. Courtney says:

    I love to put prosciutto in a muffin tin, break an egg on top of it and bake it till the egg is barely firm. Sooooo good.
    Thank you,
    Courtney

  53. Jill says:

    My husband and I have been obsessed with soft boiled eggs lately. Five and a half minutes in boiling water and you have set whites with thick, runny yokes!

  54. Julie says:

    my husband’s scrambled eggs
    thanks for the giveaway

  55. sara says:

    I love to do eggs in frittata, especially with bacon and spinach. 🙂

  56. The frittata looks amazing

  57. soha molina says:

    Scrambled with bacon is my favorite way.

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