Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vegetables for Breakfast

Farm stand etiquette prevents me from peeling away a bit of husk from each ear to before I buy my corn. So I always buy an extra ear just in case I discover a bad one when I get home. What to do with the leftover ear of corn? This morning, I removed the kernels and added them to some polenta. With a sprinkling of brown sugar, blueberries, and a spoonful of sour cream, it made a delicious breakfast. Here is the recipe:

Breakfast Polenta with Fresh Corn
Serves 4

4 cups water, plus more if necessary
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh corn kernels (from 1 large ear of corn)
Sour cream or plain yogurt
Brown sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (optional)

1. Bring water to boil in a medium nonstick pot (nonstick is essential here--polenta is a pain to clean up). Slowly pour in the cornmeal, whisking, until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the salt. Cover, turn the heat to low, and continue to cook at a bare simmer, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until the polenta is smooth and thickened but not too stiff (it should be the consistency of runny yogurt, thick but not able to hold its shape).
2 Stir in the corn kernels and cook until heated through, about 1 minutes.
3. Spoon polenta into shallow bowls, top each bowl with a spoonful of sour cream or yogurt and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Scatter berries over polenta if desired. Serve immediately.


  1. yum! l love polenta - never thought to add corn to it! (duh..)

  2. I like your idea of mixing fruit and veggies. "Farm stand etiquette" ~ really? I'll have to remember that.

    Keep writing...