Baked Eggs & Grits with Pancetta, Smoked Gouda & Avocado
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Baked Eggs & Grits

with Pancetta, Smoked Gouda & Avocado

35 MIN
$19.99 4 Servings
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For a delicious, comforting winter breakfast, you'll nestle eggs into a rich, creamy base of cheesy grits and pancetta before baking in the oven. You'll finish it off with toppings of avocado, crispy onions, and hot sauce for a variety of textures and flavors in each bite.
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Baked Eggs & Grits with Pancetta, Smoked Gouda & Avocado
Title
  • 4 Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 3 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 1¼ cups Polenta
  • 1 Avocado
  • ⅓ cup Crispy Onions
  • 2 Scallions
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 oz Smoked Gouda Cheese
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instructions
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 400°F. Fill a medium pot with 4 cups of water; add a big pinch of salt. Cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the gouda on the large side of a box grater. Halve and pit the avocado. Using a spoon, remove the avocado from the skin, then thinly slice.

Bake the pancetta
2 Bake the pancetta

Add the pancetta in an even layer to a 9-inch by 13-inch ceramic or metal baking dish. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until slightly crispy and cooked through. Leaving the oven on, remove from the oven.

Make the grits
3 Make the grits

Meanwhile, add the polenta to the pot of boiling water; whisk to thoroughly combine. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the polenta is thickened. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parmesan, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, and half the grated gouda until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Bake the eggs & serve your dish
4 Bake the eggs & serve your dish

Add the grits to the baking dish of baked pancetta (carefully, as the oil make splatter); gently stir to combine and spread into an even layer. Using the back of a spoon, create 4 shallow wells in the grits for the eggs. Carefully crack an egg into each well; season with salt and pepper. Evenly top with the remaining grated gouda. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 2 minutes. Serve the baked eggs and grits topped with the sliced avocado, crispy onions, sliced green tops of the scallions, and as much of the hot sauce as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 400°F. Fill a medium pot with 4 cups of water; add a big pinch of salt. Cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Grate the gouda on the large side of a box grater. Halve and pit the avocado. Using a spoon, remove the avocado from the skin, then thinly slice.

2 Bake the pancetta

Add the pancetta in an even layer to a 9-inch by 13-inch ceramic or metal baking dish. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until slightly crispy and cooked through. Leaving the oven on, remove from the oven.

Bake the pancetta
Make the grits
3 Make the grits

Meanwhile, add the polenta to the pot of boiling water; whisk to thoroughly combine. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the polenta is thickened. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parmesan, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, and half the grated gouda until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

4 Bake the eggs & serve your dish

Add the grits to the baking dish of baked pancetta (carefully, as the oil make splatter); gently stir to combine and spread into an even layer. Using the back of a spoon, create 4 shallow wells in the grits for the eggs. Carefully crack an egg into each well; season with salt and pepper. Evenly top with the remaining grated gouda. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the oven and let stand at least 2 minutes. Serve the baked eggs and grits topped with the sliced avocado, crispy onions, sliced green tops of the scallions, and as much of the hot sauce as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Enjoy!

Bake the eggs & serve your dish
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