I had this idea that I should make an egg dish. Egg dishes are easy, quick, and can make for a very light supper.
Last night I kind of missed the mark on that idea.
I had this idea in my head of putting eggs on a square of polenta. I guess I have been watching too much Top Chef. I wanted something with a showy presentation. I was also inspired by that breakfast amuse bouche episode. Eggs benedict on polenta sounded like a good idea - but not if I wanted Sir Pickypants to eat it. I considered eggs florentine instead.
This dish had a few components in it, so it wasn't that quick. It also contained butter and cream and cheese, so it wasn't so light. I missed the mark, but it was a good meal.
It needs no recipe. I'll just give some illustrated tips.
Is it polenta, or is it grits? I like how these people settled the controversy.
Cook up a cup of polenta in three cups of water (this is for four servings). Just throw the polenta in boiling, salted water and keep stirring until it gets thick and holds together.
Once it's cooked, add in a half a stick of butter and a half cup of grated parmesan.
Next spread it in the bottom of an 8" x 8" pan. Stick it in your fridge and allow it to cool and become a nice, solid slab. Use the time to upload your photos from last night's dinner.
Stick your polenta squares and tomatoes into the oven for about 10 minutes. You may want to put the polenta under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the top.
Keep warm and reduce the oven temp to 35o degrees. (Of course if you have two ovens you can do this next part at the same time.)
Now mix one package of baby spinach with about a half cup of cream, two finely minced cloves of garlic, a tablespoon or two of freshly grated parmesan, some salt and pepper and a few grates of nutmeg.
Place spinach mixture in a small baking dish or ramekin or any other small, oven-safe cooking vessel. Crack an egg on top.
Place in the oven until egg is set to your liking.
To serve place a couple of tomato slices on top of a polenta square and top with egg and spinach.
When my husband ate this, he said it was like having a 5-star restaurant in his own home.