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Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Chill overnight
  • Bake 1 hr
  • Stand 5 mins to 10 mins

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Green chilies and shredded cheese lend southwest flavor to this hearty breakfast casserole that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning.


  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup quick-cooking polenta mix
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Mexican-style four-cheese blend
  • 1 4 - ounce can diced green chiles
  • 8 ounces bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • Snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, bring vegetable broth to boiling. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, stir together milk and polenta. Add polenta mixture in a slow, steady stream to vegetable broth, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Cook and stir until bubbly; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more until polenta is thickened. Stir in cheese and diced green chlles until well mixed; set aside.
  2. In an extra-large skillet, cook sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium-high heat until meat browns and onion is tender. Drain and discard liquid. Stir in polenta mixture until well mixed.
  3. Evenly spread polenta-meat mixture into a greased 3-quart oval or rectangular baking dish. Cover baking dish with a sheet of greased or nonstick foil; store overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. While oven preheats to 375 degrees , use the bottom of a 1/3-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray to make eight indentations in the polenta mixture. Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Remove baking dish from oven; remove foil. Break one egg into a small dish. Carefully slide the egg into an indentation. Repeat with remaining eggs. Return to oven.
  5. Bake, uncovered, in the 325 degrees F oven for 25 minutes more or until the eggs are almost set. Let stand on wire rack 5 to 10 minutes (eggs will continue to cook). If you like, sprinkle with pepper and snipped cilantro and serve with hot pepper sauce.


  • For four servings: Grease a 2-quart au gratin baking dish. Prepare as directed above except cut all of the ingredient amounts in half, using 2/3 cup milk and 2/3 cup shredded cheese. Bake, covered, in a 375 degrees F oven for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes more or until the eggs are almost set. Let stand on wire rack 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

(Sausage Polenta with Nestled Eggs)

Servings Per Recipe 8, Fat, total (g) 19, vit. C (mg) 2, cal. (kcal) 392, vit. A (IU) 714, iron (mg) 2, Riboflavin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 8, Thiamin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 225, Monounsaturated fat (g) 5, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, carb. (g) 34, Niacin (mg) 2, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Folate (µg) 34, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, sodium (mg) 686, calcium (mg) 213, pro. (g) 20, Potassium (mg) 308, sugar (g) 4, fiber (g) 4

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