Recipes

Baked Bacon and Kale Polenta Squares

This twist on polenta with eggs is baked in the oven for a hearty and delicious breakfast. Make this on Sunday and have a week’s worth of breakfasts ready to go!

Serves:
24
Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
45 min

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts
  • 8 strips thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups (2 L) baby kale
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cornmeal (regular ground)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups (565 mL) 2% milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly grease 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat; cook bacon for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden and lightly crisped. Drain on paper towel–lined plate.
  3. Remove all but 3 tbsp (45 mL) bacon fat from skillet; cook onion and garlic for about 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in kale and thyme; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted.
  4. In large bowl, stir together cornmeal, lemon zest, salt and pepper; stir in milk, eggs and lemon juice. Fold in bacon, kale mixture and cheese. (To make ahead, cover and refrigerate overnight). Before baking, stir in 3 1/2 cups (875 mL) boiling water. Transfer to prepared baking dish; dot with butter.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes; stir and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set, golden brown, and tester comes out clean when inserted in centre. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into squares. Serve hot, warm or cold.

Notes

Alternatively, bake the casserole a day ahead and serve cold or reheated in microwave.

Substitute crumbled Italian or breakfast sausage for bacon if desired.