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Sweet and Savory Breakfast Polenta and Egg Stack

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polenta egg 5I know what you are probably thinking.

“What in the world is wrong with this girl?  Something that is green and something that is purple should not be combined.  At least not when it comes to food.”

polenta egg 3But hear me out…

Yes, that is avocado.
Yes, that is blackberry jam.

And despite the fact that avocado and jam together sounds like a totally strange combination, I would like to think that I am somewhat of an expert when it comes to what works and what doesn’t regarding the sweet and savory combo.
polenta egg 6Now even if you are not totally convinced just yet, I think I still have a chance to bring you around once you see what other goodness was involved in this breakfast creation.  Yes… a runny egg (because it is the perfect thing to dip bread into), a toasted English muffin (for said dipping), and crispy polenta (because I decided that it was about time that I started incorporating it into my morning meals).

polenta eggIt may sound like a totally strange and random combination.  In fact, it really is.  But it is also delicious, especially if you have a hankering for a sweet and savory breakfast.

polenta egg 2Sweet and Savory Breakfast Polenta and Egg Stack

Serves 1

Ingredients

olive oil cooking spray
2 half inch slices of polenta (I normally find prepared polenta tubes in the produce section of my grocery store)
1 large egg
half of a ripe avocado
1 whole wheat English muffin
2 TB of your favorite jam or jelly (I used blackberry jam)
fine sea salt, a couple pinches

Directions

1. Start by generously spraying a small skillet with olive oil cooking spray.  Heat the skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, add the polenta slices to the pan.  Sautee for approximately 10 minutes- flipping once halfway through- or until golden brown on each side.

2. While the polenta is cooking, prepare your remaining ingredients.  Cook the egg sunnyside-up, mash the avocado, and toast the English muffin to your desired crispness.

3. Once all ingredients are prepared, top each half of the English muffin with half of the jam and half of the avocado.  Sprinkle the avocado with a pinch of sea salt.  Top the avocado with the sauteed polenta slices.  Finish it off with the fried egg.

polenta egg 4Somehow my dippy egg developed an eyeball.

I hope it was looking back at me with approval for the breakfast that I had created.  I am not sure that it was overly thrilled about the fact that I was about to eat it, though.  Granted, I should probably remind myself that it was an egg and eggs do not have feelings.  And thank goodness for that because I eat a lot of eggs and enjoy every. single. bite.

weekend 42814 7Whatever you do, do not leave the yolk intact.  It wants to be free.  I promise! ;)

polenta egg 7It may look strange.  It may sound strange.  But when it comes to sweet and savory breakfasts, this is about as good as you are going to get.

What is your favorite sweet and savory breakfast?

Have you ever cooked with polenta?

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  • Jessie June 2, 2014, 5:32 am

    You know, I’ve never had polenta before. I’ve been saying for the longest time I would.. but nope I haven’t.

    Although I’m not a huge avocado or dippy egg fan, I will give you MAJOR credit for making it sound and even look incredible.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:05 pm

      You should definitely try it! I LOVE it! I also love making mini pizzas or tostadas with it… both of which I have recipes for here! :)

  • Carla June 2, 2014, 7:24 am

    you had me at EGG.
    now I must learn to wrangle the polenta :-)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:10 pm

      You can do it! Especially if you buy it in the tube. It is SO easy to prepare :)

  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie June 2, 2014, 7:26 am

    OMG this looks amazing!!! The only thing I’d change would be scrambling the egg.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:11 pm

      Yes, that would be super tasty too! Scrambled eggs are amazing. I think I just LOVE eggs!

  • Jackie June 2, 2014, 7:30 am

    Holy yum, polenta for breakfast sounds delicious!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:16 pm

      It is!! I have seen people make the creamy version of it, but haven’t really seen this kind. Plus, I am lazy and this is far easier to prepare ;)

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 2, 2014, 8:05 am

    Well, now I’m really wishing I had this sandwich right now as opposed to my smoothie! It looks absolutely amazing!!!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:25 pm

      Well it is a good thing that there is always tomorrow ;)

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes June 2, 2014, 10:38 am

    I love english muffins with raspberry jam, cheese and egg white. YUM!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Ahh, yum!! I am glad to hear that you like the sweet/savory combo for breakfast too!

  • Georgia @ Trying Something New June 2, 2014, 11:44 am

    Oh my god that looks incredible.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Thank you, Georgia! I am glad not everyone thinks I am totally weird for this creation ;)

  • Joanna @Makingmine June 2, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Never ever cooked with polenta – is it bad I’ve never heard of it?

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Haha, no! If you would have told me 3 years ago that I’d be cooking and eating it I would have said.. huh? ;)

  • Cassie June 2, 2014, 3:09 pm

    That looks amazing… just pinned so I can recreate this weekend, yum!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:03 pm

      Thank you, Cassie! I hope you enjoy it :)

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 2, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Oh my, this looks incredible!! I love the flavor combo- YUM!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:03 pm

      Thank you Brittany! I love hearing that so many other people enjoy the sweet/savory combo too!

  • Nicole June 2, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Oh yum this sounds so good! I’m not usually a jam fan but I love my grandmas friends homemade jam. I might have to make this for breakfast with my mom when she is in town this weekend.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Ahh, yum!! Homemade jam is the BEST! I need somebody who will make it for me ;)

  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite June 2, 2014, 5:50 pm

    I love sweet and savory together, especially for breakfast. Avocado and jam sounds like it works together!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:05 pm

      It REALLY does. A lot of people think I am weird for it, but I just LOVE it!

  • Kathy @ Olives and Garlic June 2, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Great combination

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 2, 2014, 9:06 pm

      Thank you Kathy! I really really enjoyed it :)

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life June 2, 2014, 9:25 pm

    Holly yum! I’ve never had polenta but this looks awesome!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 3, 2014, 7:23 am

      I really like it! I’ve also used it to make mini tostadas and mini pizzas (both recipes are here on my blog). It is really fun to experiment with!

  • Ashley June 3, 2014, 8:22 am

    I love the sweet and savory thing in my breakfast! This looks absolutely amazing! And with the polenta … gosh I love that stuff!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 3, 2014, 11:58 am

      I definitely think that polenta makes for a great savory breakfast. I am glad that I FINALLY tried it for the first time last year.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef June 3, 2014, 12:40 pm

    this sounds great! i’ve never had polenta but really want to try it!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 3, 2014, 5:26 pm

      You totally should! It is a breeze to cook with and super tasty :)

  • Em @ Love A Latte June 3, 2014, 3:36 pm

    I’ve made muffins with polenta but I’ve never had it like this, but I would certainly try! That combo looks good to me! Growing up I used to love waffles with syrup and sunny side up eggs on top, and this is certainly more nutritious than that!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 3, 2014, 5:28 pm

      Polenta with muffins? Yum!! Did they taste a bit like cornbread muffins? Also, I now REALLY want to try putting a dippy egg on my waffles with syrup! Yum!!

  • Katherine June 3, 2014, 8:00 pm

    You are the only person that could make me crave such a weird assortment of foods at 8PM on a Tuesday! I love polenta, but I’ve never tried it like this!

    (Oh, and your eggs look GREAT)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Haha!! That is so funny. I’ll take that as a compliment!! ;)

  • Michelle Nash June 3, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I love your boldness. Sweet and savory is my favorite. I didn’t flinch once seeing the avocado and the jam!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:52 pm

      I am SO glad that you appreciate the avocado/jam combo too!! Also, I think that I like being described as “bold” ;)

  • ATasteOfMadness June 4, 2014, 1:21 pm

    This looks so good! I am all about breakfast, this looks like a perect start to the day!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 6, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Thank you SO much!!! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it :)

  • Megan Faller June 8, 2014, 8:34 pm

    made this tonight and it is the bomb!!! Seriously one of my absolute favs from here. Honestly though everything I have made from your site has been wonderful. Thank you for sharing all of your talents!!!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 10, 2014, 3:29 pm

      Thank you SO much Megan!! I am glad to hear that you are enjoying everything! It makes the hard work all worth it :)

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