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BLT Polenta Recipe For National BLT Month

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.
 
 
RECIPE: BLT POLENTA

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
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    Preparation

    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.
     
     
    MORE UNUSUAL BLT RECIPES

    Cocktails

  • BLT Bloody Mary with bacon vodka
  • BLT Cocktail
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    Not A Sandwich

  • BLT Gazpacho
  • BLT Guacamole Crostini
  • BLT Pancakes
  • BLT Pasta Salad
  • BLT Slaw
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    > BLT SANDWICH HISTORY
     
     
    > WHAT IS POLENTA

     


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

    Pancetta
    [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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