Thursday, March 29, 2012

Poached Egg Over Creamy Polenta (with mushrooms, blue cheese & pistachios)

There are times in a young woman's life when she just needs to let go and dive in...

...When she's gotta let her (short) hair down....

...Throw caution to the wind....

...And just do it...

...When she just needs to take a chance...

...And indulge her fantasies...

That happened...

Holy Hannah Montana!

Seriously. I saw this recipe and food orgasm'd. Twice.

Anyone who knows me know I love me some good polenta. Toss in a few mushrooms, a couple bold flavors like blue cheese and pistachios, and top it off with a creamy decadent poached egg - and you've got yourself a lover for life. Whether you want me or not. 

Simple. Divine. Comforting. Gourmet. And all at the same time. I love it.

Poached Egg Over Creamy Polenta
(with mushrooms, blue cheese & pistachios)
adapted from The Healthy Foodie 


1 C Fine Ground Cornmeal.
6 Cups Salted Water or Chicken/Veggie Stock (or mixture of both).
80g Fresh Mushrooms (I used a mixture of oyster & shiitake).
1 Zucchini, cut into quarters and BBQ'd briefly (these were leftovers I just chucked in).
40g Pistachio, shelled & roughly chopped.
40g Blue Cheese, crumbled.
1 Tsp Fresh Thyme, de-stemmed & roughly chopped.
1 Lemon for juice.
3/4 C Parmesan Cheese, grated.
Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.
1 Poached Egg.
Drizzle of Truffle Oil (optional).
What to Do:

In a large saucepan, bring the juice of half a lemon and the stock or salted water to a light boil over medium heat.

Add corn meal with a Tsp or two of salt and pepper in a slow steady stream, whisking continually. Once you have added all the cornmeal, reduce the heat to medium-low. Whisk/cook for about 10 minutes or until cornmeal has reached the desired consistency and cooked through. Don't stop whisking though or it'll clump!

Take off heat, stir in fresh thyme and parmesan. Mix well. Cover and set aside until plating. 

Drizzle a little bit of olive oil in a  medium non stick frying pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until nice and golden on both sides, about 2-3 minutes total.

Meanwhile, poach the egg. In a small pan heat some salted water over medium-high heat. As it heats, crack the egg into a small bowl. Add a little vinegar (about a Tbsp) to the water and the juice from half a lemon - this will keep your whites from flying around when you pour the egg in. When water starts to simmer, gently slip the egg in the water and push it back with a large spoon to help it take shape.

Cover lightly and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until white is completely set and opaque but yolk is still runny. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and allow to drain well.

Laddle polenta into a bowl or shallow serving plate. Top with the mushrooms and poached egg. Sprinkle generously with blue cheese and chopped pistachios on top. 

Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh thyme, a small sprinkle of salt and pepper, and if you like - a little truffle oil. Serve while hot!


 What dishes or ingredients give you double food orgasm?


This post is linked up with This Chick Cooks; Cast Party Wednesday; Simple Lives Thursday; Full Plate Thursday; Tastetastic Thursday;Fresh Bites Friday; The Hearth & Soul Blog Hop via The 21st Century Housewife; Tasty Tuesdays; Slightly Indulgent Tuesday; Tuesday Talent Show.


  1. This looks so good! I will definitely be making it!

  2. I can't wait to double the enjoyment with this awesome recipe. A lovely presentation for your Poached Egg Over Creamy Polenta. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. your tummy will thank you :) thanks for stopping by!


  3. What an intense collection of flavours in one dish. The photos scream 'must try' Love your enthusiasm for this recipe. :)

    1. haha, thanks Jara. I get a little excited sometimes.


  4. This looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. thanks for stopping by and taking the time to say hello. :)


  5. This looks perfect love this one pot meal. Need to try them. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  6. This looks like something from a food magazine - what an amazing photograph! I love the idea of a poached egg on polenta, such wonderful comfort food, and then you've gone and added all those lovely other ingredients - delicious :)