How about a BLT Polenta Recipe for National BLT Sandwich Month?

It’s a combination of comfort food and food fun (photo #1).

Sundried polenta is garnished with pancetta ( bacon), spinach (for the lettuce) and sundried tomatoes.

Plus, a poached egg and pearl onions are added to make this a brunch, lunch or dinner dish.

Pancetta is Italian back bacon (photo #2), as contrasted with America’s side bacon.

You can use whatever bacon you wish. Check out the different types of bacon.

In addition to the recipe, we learned a new word:

The plastic tube of polenta (or other food) is known in the industry as a chub.

By the way, while April is National BLT Sandwich Month, July 22 is National BLT Day.

You will have extra polenta. You can make a second portion, or serve it as a side at another meal.

Ingredients For 1 Serving

  • 1 chub (tube) sundried tomato polenta
  • ½ cup chicken stock or heavy cream (we prefer the stock)
  • ½ cup pancetta, cut into strips
  • 6-8 pearl onions, peeled
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 egg

    1. CUT the polenta into cubes and cream them over medium heat with the chicken stock or heavy cream.

    2. RENDER the pancetta in a sauté pan; then remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Sauté the pearl onions in the rendered fat from the pancetta. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes.

    3. BRING a pot of water to a simmer, swirl with a spoon and slip a whole egg into the simmering water. Cook for 2 minutes for a soft inside.

    4. PLATE the polenta and top with the spinach, onions and sundried tomatoes. Place the poached egg on top and garnish with the crispy pancetta strips.


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    [1] Polenta with a BLT garnish (photo © Melissa’s Produce).

    [2] Pancetta, Italian ham made from the back instead of the sides (photo © Fra Mani).

    [3] Tubes or “chubs” of organic polenta, in original, Italian herb and sundried tomato. Available from Melissa’s Produce (photo © Melissa’s).

    Wedge Salad
    [4] BLT wedge salad. Here’s the recipe (photo © Applegate Organics).



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