Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta

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Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta
Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta

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Leanne Brown
Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta
Budget-friendly recipe
Serves 2
40 mins.

This is a simple yet very satisfying meal. You can add a can of corn to the polenta for a more rich corn flavor.



roughly chopped


finely chopped


finely chopped


freshly grated

What You'll Need

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cheese grater
  • Medium-sized pot with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Skillet with lid
  • Tongs
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Dish cloth
  • Spatula


  1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium-sized pot, then turn the heat down to low and slowly pour in the polenta while stirring briskly with a wooden spoon. Stirring while pouring is important to keep the polenta creamy and smooth—no lumps!
  2. Once the cornmeal becomes smooth and a little thicker, place the lid on the pot with the spoon still in it so that steam can escape. Let the polenta cook while you prepare the rest of the meal, checking in occasionally to give it a stir. The total cooking time should be about 25 to 30 minutes, but if you’re in a rush, you can eat it after 15.
  3. Meanwhile, chop the broccoli, garlic, and anchovy. Set them aside. Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic, anchovy, and chili flakes. Let them cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and toss it around with a spoon or tongs, or just swirl the pan to coat the broccoli with the garlic mixture. Let everything cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and move its contents to a bowl to wait for the polenta and eggs.
  5. When the polenta is about 2 minutes from done, start with the eggs. Wipe the pan quickly with a cloth, and then put it back on medium heat. Add a bit more olive oil in the pan and wait for it to get hot. Crack the two eggs into the pan and cover with a lid. This will steam them, making sunny-side-up eggs with fully cooked whites.
  6. Scoop the polenta into a pair of bowls. Add some Romano and salt and pepper to taste. Layer about half the vegetables over the polenta.
  7. Once the whites of the eggs are cooked, remove them from the pan with a spatula and lay them over the polenta and vegetables. Top with the rest of the vegetables and further sprinklings of cheese.

Nutrition Info and more

Serving size:
Total calories:
Total fat:
13.6 g
Saturated fat:
3 g
45 g
15 g
6 g
477 mg
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