Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs

If you recall, a couple of weeks ago I was whining about not being motivated to make a fuss over breakfast and calling it a successful meal when I've actually poured milk into my bowl of cereal. But, it's the holiday season and making a good breakfast for someone you love or visiting guests is such an act of love. And, in fact, it is on holidays and birthdays that I haul out the bacon and eggs and French toast to make people happy at breakfast. But that's kind of the problem because the recipients are happy but the cook is eating leftover cold French toast crumbs while cleaning the kitchen. Wow, I guess I wasn't done whining.

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs
Fortunately, I have come up with a solution that has everybody eating and nobody whining. The answer is prepping it all the day before. The polenta and spinach can be waiting, refrigerated, in their ramekins and all that's left to do in the morning is crack an egg on top, shove it into the oven, set the timer and go back to bed until it rings. And when the timer goes off you have nicely baked eggs over cheesy spinach and creamy, gooey, cheesy polenta. Did I mention cheesy? Cheesy is very important here.

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs
I am a little obsessed with Arla Dofino Smoked Gouda and love the slightly sharp and salty bite with the creamy polenta and eggs. And if you haven't yet had the pleasure of trying it, the folks at Arla Dofino have provided a coupon for you to use for any of their cheeses.

Click here to get your coupon!

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs


They're also giving away a prize package worth over $60 to one of my readers!  You could win all of the following:

Crate & Barrel mixing bowl
Anthropologie whisk
Crate & Barrel cheese grater
Coupon for 1 free Arla Dofino product
Set of Arla Dofino recipe cards

To enter the giveaway:
1. Click here to go to the Arla Dofino on Pinterest
2. While on Pinterest, visit their Happy Havarti Holidays board and copy the link to the recipe you like best.
3. In the comment section below, paste the recipe link and tell me why you chose it.

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs

The winner will be announced on December 16th so make sure you enter and grab the coupon so you can enjoy the cheese for yourself. Enjoy!

Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients (Makes 2 Servings)
  • 6 Tablespoons polenta
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 6 oz. Grated Arla Dofino Smoked Gouda, divided
  • 1/2 Cup cooked spinach (frozen is fine, thaw and ring dry)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Cheesy Polenta and Spinach Baked Eggs
Add the polenta and water to a pot, bring to a simmer, lower the heat and stir frequently for approximately 10 minutes or until the polenta has absorbed the water. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, milk and about 3 oz. of the cheese. Season to taste.

Divide the polenta into two 10 oz. ramekins. Add half the spinach to each and top with an ounce of cheese each. Either cover and refrigerate until the morning or crack an egg into each dish. Season with salt and pepper, cover gently with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the egg has set. Note that the foil will help the yolk to not overcook until the white has set. Sprinkle on the remainder of the cheese and serve warm.
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This recipe was sponsored by Arla Dofino. Thank you for supporting the products I love and use in my kitchen.


    I've been wanting to make *something* with waffles for months now, so this recipe really spoke to me.

  2. How did you know I'm the same way with breakfast? :D It's true. When I make something special like French toast or pancakes, I always have to throw mine in the microwave because I eat last (and usually when everyone else is practically finished). Never heard of Arla Dofino, so I'm going to grab the coupon then make these eggs!

  3. Breakfast? I'd have this for lunch or dinner too. Love it!

  4. these sound delicious!!

  5. I love the Gouda skillet pasta...because pasta!!!!!

  6. Yes, it's wonderful when you can time things out so that the cook actually gets to eat with her diners! I love the idea of prepping these before. And the eggs look so perfectly runny... Thanks for sharing, Anita.

  7. For me, it's this one:

    Hot ham and cheese! With waffles to make a sandwich? Oh yes, please. Sign me up for this!

    I'm a chili fanatic, so this recipe has my name written all over it!

  9. For me the mushroom, bacon, and meatball mini sandwiches are incredibly looking! Lots of meat and cheese - I'm a farm girl so I'm off to print the coupon and make some eggs!

  10. I chose the Gouda Skillet Pasta What's not to love?

  11. What a fabulous way to change up breakfast for the holidays. That gouda sounds amazing.

  12. Oh how I love this!! Perfect breakfast with my favorite flavors!

    My son loves ham and he loves waffles, so this Ham and Havarti Waffle Sandwich is perfect!

  14. I'd love to try the blue cheese and bacon stuffed potatoes because it combines all of my favorite things! I absolutely love anything with bacon and once blue cheese was added, I was hooked. This is a perfect recipe for Sunday while watching football!
    emilyemahr (at)

  15. This would be one of my favorite breakfast for dinner dishes, Anita. And the cheesier the better!

  16. Yum! All look delish, especially yours. I also think this would be a festive holiday treat...

  17. I Keep going back to the whole TexMex section...
    and in that section I want to make this ;


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