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Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta with Shiitake Mushroom and Baby Spinach, topped with a Poached Egg
1/4 cup White Polenta (or grits, hominy)
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Low Fat Milk
2 Tbsp Goat Cheese
1 1/2 cups fresh Shiitake Mushrooms
2 cups fresh Baby Spinach, stems removed
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add in polenta and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 12 - 14 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the polenta has started to thicken, add in 1/4 cup low fat milk and the goat cheese and stir until incorporated in. Continue to simmer on low heat.
Chop shiitake mushrooms in to pieces (not too small, they will reduce when you cook them). In a small saute pan, melt the butter and 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil together over medium heat. Add mushrooms and a bit of salt and toss. Cook the mushrooms until they begin to brown and get a little crisp on the outside. Room from heat and set to the side.
Bring 2 inches of water to barely simmer in a saute pan. Still to remove any air bubbles at the bottom of the pan. Crack egg into a small bowl (I used a measuring cup) and ease into the water. Set a timer for 4 1/2 minutes.
While the egg is poaching, heat the remaining 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil and saute spinach at medium heat until wilted.
Plate a the polenta and add the spinach and mushrooms. With a slotted spoon, remove the egg from the water and top the polenta, spinach and mushrooms. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.