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RECIPE: Pumpkin Bacon Grits With Poached Eggs

Pumpkin Grits
[1] Fall food: pumpkin grits topped with a poached egg and bacon (photo courtesy Running To The Kitchen).

Egg Poacher

Egg Poaching Pan
[2] What’s your favorite way to poach eggs? We like the evenness that comes from a poaching mold (photo courtesy Home Shopping | IE).

[3] A poacher for the stovetop (photo courtesy Cooks Standard).


October marks the beginning of “pumpkin season,” and we’ve got everything from pumpkin milkshakes to pumpkin dinner rolls.

This recipe, for pumpkin grits, was sent to us by Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs—to whom it was sent by Gina of Running to the Kitchen.

Says Gina: “These grits are filled with pumpkin spice flavor, studded with salty bacon and topped with a perfectly poached egg. When that runny yolk mixes with the grits, it’s pure fall deliciousness. No syrup is required.”

Prep time is 5 minutes, total time is 20 minutes.

If you don’t have grits, substitute Cream Of Wheat or Cream Of Rice.

Serve your pumpkin grits with an assortment of pumpkin swirl toast, pumpkin English muffins and pumpkin bagels. It’s not too much pumpkin: It’s a pumpkin celebration.

Ingredients For 2 Servings

  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup grits
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 pasteurized eggs

    1. COMBINE the water, milk, salt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium sauce pan. Whisk together and bring to a low boil.

    2. ADD the grits and butter to the boiling mixture, reduce the heat to low, and whisk continuously for about 5-7 minutes, until thickened. While the grits cook, poach the eggs.

    3. TRANSFER the grits to two serving bowls; top with bacon and poached eggs.
    Not everyone has good technique for poaching eggs the classic way: in a pan of simmering water with a spoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to help to keep the whites from spreading.

    Ours spread more than we’d like. So purchased a pan specially fitted with poached egg inserts (photo #3). Works like a charm, although without the silky texture of water-poached eggs.

    We’ve also tried using a microwave poacher (photo #2) and an electric poacher, which creates boiled eggs rather than poached.

    Early on, we tried the individual silicone poaching cups, but found that they tip over too easily.

    What’s your favorite way to poach eggs?

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