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Author Notes: I love breakfast-for-dinner, mostly because I love over-easy eggs and I only have time to cook them for breakfast or brunch on the weekends. This is a great dinner for one, or it can be expanded to provide an easy weeknight entree or the centerpiece for a weekend brunch. It's a sort of kitchen-sink kind of dish, as well; it accommodates most leftovers or other odds and ends you have on hand and want to toss into it. —Kayb
For the stack
- 1/2 cup cooked polenta or grits (can be leftover, can be flavored with any savory spice, herb or cheese)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat or melted butter
- 2 ounces cooked meat (diced bacon, crumbled sausage, cubed ham, shredded pork or chicken)
- 1/4 cup white sauce, recipe follows
- 3 tablespoons grated cheese of your choice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 4 tablespoons grated cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 325. Smooth polenta or grits in the bottom of a 2-cup ramekin or ovenproof bowl. Break two eggs into a separate bowl, and gently slide them atop polenta or grits. Salt and pepper to taste (take into account seasonings in meat). Drizzle eggs with bacon fat or butter, and sprinkle with meat.
- Melt butter in small saucepan; add flour and seasonings and stir until flour begins to turn golden and smell nutty. Add milk and stir until smooth; remove from heat and add cheese, if using.
- Pour white sauce into ramekins, and top with remaining grated cheese. (Note: If you don't want to bother with making white sauce, this is almost as good with just some grated cheese sprinkled over the egg and meat.)
- Bake for approximately 12 minutes, long enough to heat everything through, set the whites and leave the yolk runny, or longer if for some odd reason you like a hard yolk.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Home Alone Dinner